FCC Rejects Challenges To WHYY License, Ft. Wayne Sale
October 19, 2007 at 11:04 AM (PT)
The FCC has rejected a challenge by a listener to the license renewal of noncommercial WHYY-F/PHILADELPHIA. The challenge by ZACK SMITH alleged that the station's "news content consists of an overwhelmingly large proportion of propaganda from well-known 'think tanks,' without any serious questioning of their opinions" and that WHYY ignored the "criminal election rigging and voter exclusion and intimidation" he alleges took place in the 2004 election. The Commission noted that it does not interfere in programming matters except if the licensee abuses its discretion to determine how to best serve the public interest.
In another license challenge, the Commission approved the sale of WBTU and WVBB/FORT WAYNE, IN by ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS to RUSS OASIS' OASIS RADIO 1 CORP. and OASIS RADIO 2 CORP., respectively, over a challenge from THREE AMIGO'S BROADCASTING, which alleged an "extortion" attempt by OASIS to get THREE AMIGO'S to pay for OASIS not to flip any of its stations to Spanish in competition with THREE AMIGO'S WGBJ/FORT WAYNE. OASIS countered that the proposal was not a "take it or else" offer but just one of several business options discussed between the parties. The Commission ruled that the dispute is based on differing interpretations of the same situation, and that the matter belongs in another forum such as with federal or state antitrust panels.
The Commission has also rejected a challenge to the renewal of CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WSYR-A/SYRACUSE by JOHN V. OLDFIELD and HOWIE HAWKINS alleging public file violations and failure to adequately cover the 2003 NORTHEAST blackout; rejected a challenge to the renewal of IZ COMMUNICATIONS' Adult Standards-Talk WCSS-A/AMSTERDAM, NY by HELEN BLANCHARD on the basis of owner JOSEPH ISABEL being "dishonest and 'a disgrace to radio'"; and rejected three individuals' challenge to the renewal of MULTICULTURAL's Contemporary Christian WNYG-A/BABYLON, NY based on a fear that the company would proceed with a planned move of the station to ELIZABETH, NJ (the application for which was subsequently dismissed).
And the FCC has proposed a $2,500 fine on CREEK BROADCASTING CORPORATION KTMP-A/HEBER CITY, UT for a late license renewal filing, but also dismissed a challenge to the renewal by two individuals claiming tower security, contest rules, and public file violations.