FCC Dismisses Three Appeals Of Permit Grants
December 15, 2016 at 3:56 PM (PT)
The FCC has denied IMMACULATE CONCEPTION APOSTOLIC SCHOOL's Application for Review of the dismissal of its Petition for Reconsideration of the deletion of the permit and dismissal of an application for a license to cover for KJPT/COLFAX, CA. The permit was originally granted from a mutually exclusive application group based in large part on points awarded for being a local entity, but its address for the covering license application was different from the permit address and the applicant turned out to have closed its brick-and-mortar school and put it up for sale, thus not maintaining its local status.
The Commission also dismissed REC NETWORKS' Application for Review of the denial of its informal objections to twenty low power FM construction permit applications for lack of standing; REC claimed standing as an "aggrieved" party but the Commission said that in order to claim that status, a party must be a competitor subject to either signal interference or economic harm, or a resident of the service area or listener to the station.
And another appeal dismissed was SOUND OF HOPE RADIO's Application for Review of the grant of an LPFM in CHICAGO to URBANMEDIA ONE (now WJPC-LP/CHICAGO). SOUND OF HOPE, URBANMEDIA ONE, and MORTON COLLEGE (WZQC-LP/CICERO, IL) filed mutually exclusive applications for LPFMs, and after URBANMEDIA ONE and MORTON COLLEGE entered a time-share agreement to get their permits, SOUND OF HOPE amended its site to alleviate interference with WJPC-LP and became a "singleton" which the Commission granted as WQEG-LP/CHICAGO. SOUND OF HOPE sought to have URBANMEDIA ONE's permit rescinded, the time-share hours reverted to pre-grant status, and SOUND OF HOPE and MORTON left to make their own time-share deal. But the Commission ruled that SOUND OF HOPE had not shown that the proposed remedy would alleviate SOUND OF HOPE's status as an "aggrieved" party.