FCC Settles Syracuse Swap Fine With Consent Decree
September 12, 2016 at 11:54 AM (PT)
The FCC has reached a consent decree in the complicated SYRACUSE swap involving FOXFUR COMMUNICATIONS, LLC, WOLF RADIO, INC., and FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC. that resulted in FOXFUR having an unauthorized attributable interest in eight stations in the SYRACUSE market. The Commission initially fined FOXFUR $20,000 for the infraction but has reduced that to $16,000 under the new agreement.
The commonly-owned FOXFUR and WOLF swapped WOLF-F (now WCIS)/DERUYTER-SYRACUSE, WWLF-F (now WCIO)/OSWEGO, NY, and W252AC/FAIRMOUNT, NY to FAMILY LIFE for WSEN-F (briefly WNDR-F, now WOLF-F) and W207BH/BALDWINSVILLE, NY. FOXFUR and FAMILY then executed a time brokerage agreement for FOXFUR to program the former WSEN-F as Country WOLF-F and FAMILY LIFE to program the former WOLF-WWLF as Contemporary Christian WCIS-WCIO. But the deal, the FCC said, gave FOXFUR eight stations in the market, and rejected a waiver application.