Texas FM Construction Permit, Tennessee Translator Sold, California 'Distress Sale' Denied
September 22, 2015 at 4:11 AM (PT)
CHARLES E. CRAWFORD is selling the construction permit for a new FM at CHRISTOVAL, TX to FOUR R BROADCASTING, INC. for $60,000. The station was acquired by CRAWFORD in FCC FM Auction 94.
EDGEWATER BROADCASTING, INC. is selling W280EH/COLUMBIA, TN to ROGER WRIGHT d/b/a PROSPECT COMMUNICATIONS for $22,000. The translator will rebroadcast Classic Hits WWLX-A (105.3 THE X)/LAWRENCEBURG, TN.
CONTINENTAL MEDIA GROUP, LLC has requested an extension of its Silent STA for WXMY/SALTVILLE, VA while it is in the final stages of returning the station to the air in OCTOBER after repairs.
And CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC. has requested a Silent STA for W204BP/EAU CLAIRE, WI while it awaits construction at its new site.
In a deal yet to be filed with the FCC, FOREVER MEDIA is buying Country WGTY (GREAT COUNTRY 107.7) and Sports WGET-A (ESPN 1320)/GETYSBURG, PA from TIMES AND NEWS PUBLISHING COMPANY for $4.25 million.
'Distress Sale' Nixed
Also, the FCC has denied the sale by the estate of LYNDA WARE, through executor CYNTHIA RAMAGE, of LINDSAY BROADCASTING's five CENTRAL CALIFORNIA stations in a "distress sale" to JESSE PORTILLO's BIG RADIO PRO INC. for $2.7 million. RAMAGE filed to sell Adult Standards KZPO/LINDSAY, CA to BIG RADIO PRO INC., while the latter also filed under the same contract of sale to acquire the construction permit for KNGS/COALINGA, CA from WILLIAM L. ZAWILA, the construction permit for KAAX/AVENAL, CA from AVENAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, INC., the construction permit for KYAF/FIREBAUGH, CA from CENTRAL VALLEY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, INC., and the construction permit for KZPE/FORD CITY, CA from H.L. CHARLES.
A petition to deny was filed by CENTRAL VALLEY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES and AVENAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES arguing that ZAWILA had "no authority to speak for the petitioners, let alone execute an assignment application for the Permittees in their stead." ZAWILA had claimed that the permittees had been "the target of identity theft perpetrated by VERNE J. WHITE" (the permittees' principal); the permittees alleged that the noncommercial stations were impermissibly being transferred to a commercial entity, and noted that the "distress sale" policy at the FCC no longer exists. Media Bureau Chief PETER DOYLE agreed that the "distress sale" policy no longer exists due to a Supreme Court decision in ADARAND CONSTRUCTORS, INC. V. PENA and denied the sale.