FCC Nixes Appeal Of Texas FM's Reclassification As Directional
August 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM (PT)
The FCC has rejected LKCM RADIO LICENSES, L.P.'s response to an Order to Show Cause and is involuntarily modifying LKCM's Country KFWR (95.9 THE RANCH)/JACKSBORO, TX to require directional operation and a decrease from a transmitter output of 25 kw to 9.1 kw to maintain Class C0 status.
The station had been granted an upgrade from Class C1 to C0 and a move from MINERAL WELLS to JACKBORO, but LAKE COUNTRY RADIO Class A Country KCKL/MALAKOFF, TX complained that the KFWR antenna had been sidemounted to throw up to 262.4 kw horizontal, 274.5 kw vertical in KCKL's direction (and towards DALLAS-FORT WORTH). LKCM said that the Commission had never addressed sidemounting of non-directional antennae before, that no antenna is truly omnidirectional, and that the matter should properly be addressed in a notice of proposed rulemaking. But the Commission responded that the violations in this case were extreme and the matter can easily be controlled by the licensee by reducing transmitter output.
The Commission also denied ALASKA INTEGRATED MEDIA's Petition for Reconsideration of a $5.600 fine for tower enclosure violations at News-Talk KVNT-A (VALLEY NEWS TALK, formerly KOAN-A)/ANCHORAGE.
And the Commission denied HISPANIC TARGET MEDIA, INC,'s application for a License to Cover KPQT/HAMLIN, TX and deleted the license and call letters. The Commission said that the station was constructed under parameters different from the permit (using an application with different location and other parameters at a temporary location).