FCC Allows Texas Noncomm Sale, Drops In LPFM To Save Classical Format
January 31, 2007 at 4:31 PM (PT)
In an unusual move, the FCC has rejected informal objections to the sale of noncommercial Classical KTPB/KILGORE, TX from KILGORE JUNIOR COLLEGE to EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION but will allow third parties to apply for a new station to fill the programming void left when EMF takes over and flips KTPB to Contemporary Christian. While the Commission's order recognizes that its policy is not to get involved in programming decisions nor to order that a station be sold to different parties, it is waiving Section 73.870(b) to allow applications for a new LPFM in KILGORE.
The FCC has also denied a Petition for Reconsideration by GREENWOOD ACRES BAPTIST CHURCH and reaffirmed a $13,600 fine for public file and antenna fencing violations at KASO-A/MINDEN, LA. The violations occurred while the church owned the station in 2002; it has since sold the station.
In addition, the Commission has issued proposed $7,000 fines to COLUMBIA CITY JOINT HIGH SCHOOL (WJHS/COLUMBIA CITY, IN), RSE BROADCASTING LLC (WKWH-A/SHELBYVILLE, IN), LARKO COMMUNICATIONS INC. (WBZQ-A/HUNTINGTON, IN), MEADE COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS INC. (WMMG/BRANDENBURG, KY), SOUL HARBOR ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH (WRDS-LP/ROSCOMMON, MI), FRANKLIN AVENUE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD INC. (WYAH-LP/WINCHESTER, KY), and FAIRVIEW BROADCASTING INC. (WPFD-A/FAIRVIEW, TN) for late renewal filing and unauthorized operation; the stations' licenses have been renewed. FM translator K23AC/LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ licensee TOWER COMMUNICATIONS and K240CN/RUIDOSO, NM licensee FRIENDS OF KHFM- RUIDOSO also each got proposed $1,500 fines for late license renewals.