No More 'Stonewalling': FCC Orders Parties In Central CA Station Transactions To Answer Interrogatories, Provide Documents
March 15, 2016 at 11:45 AM (PT)
The saga of the attempted "distress sale" of five CENTRAL CALIFORNIA stations continues at the FCC, with Chief Administrative Law Judge RICHARD L. SIPPEL saying that "Once again, a party represented by (WILLIAM L.) ZAWILA has engaged in stonewalling through general objections without reasoned and/or factual explanation," ordering the estate of LYNDA WARE d/b/a LINDSAY BROADCASTING to respond to the Enforcement Bureau's interrogatories and document requests from last JULY. Another similar motion was granted to compel the estate of H.L. CHARLES d/b/a FORD CITY BROADCASTING to comply with interrogatories and requests for documents and admissions.
The issues surround the attempt to sell five construction permits -- LINDSAY selling KZPO/LINDSAY, CA, CHARLES selling KZPE/FORD CITY, CA, ZAWILA selling KBGS/COALINGA, CA, AVENAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, INC. selling KAAX/AVENAL, CA, and CENTRAL VALLEY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES selling KYAF/FIREBAUGH, CA -- to JESSE PORTILLO's BIG RADIO PRO INC. for $2.7 million, a sale denied by the FCC. The Commission has previously issued a show-cause order to ZAWILA, AVENAL, CENTRAL VALLEY, and CHARLES asking why the KAAX and KYAF permits should not be revoked.
An on-the-record status conference is scheduled for MARCH 29th in WASHINGTON to take inventory of discovery completed and needed.