FCC Rejects Boston, N.Y. License Challenges
February 14, 2008 at 11:46 AM (PT)
The FCC has rejected a challenge to the license renewal of MONEY MATTERS RADIO Business WBNW-A/CONCORD, MA-BOSTON by a local resident. JAY AYER complained that the station's nighttime signal caused interference with other stations and that he could not detect the station powering down to nighttime power. The Commission ruled that the alleged interference did not appear to arise from any violations of FCC rules or improper activity but encouraged the parties to try to resolve the interference issue.
In another FCC action, an appeal of the license renewal for ESPN Sports WEPN-A (1050 ESPN)/NEW YORK was denied by the Commission. ROD KOVEL had filed a challenge to the renewal based on the station's format change to Sports and his difficulty picking up the signal at night in MERRICK, LONG ISLAND; while the Commission granted his appeal to the extent that the challenge had not been properly considered when renewing the license, it rejected his other arguments.
The Commission also canceled a $3,000 fine against SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORP. for a missing quarterly issues-programs list at WIWS-A/BECKLEY, WV, reducing the penalty to an admonishment.
And the FCC corrected a mistake in a previous ruling, setting aside part of a decision granting a new AM to PAMPLIN BROADCASTING at RENO, NV insofar as it concerned objections by AMERICOM regarding interference to an existing RENO station, but then rejecting AMERICOM's Petition for Reconsideration. The original ruling confused AMERICOM's station KJFK-A/RENO with another station using KJFK's former calls KPLY in determining that the new station would not create interference; in the current action, the Commission repeats the ruling that AMERICOM did not have standing because it failed to participate in the initial proceeding when it could have filed its objections, and would lose on the merits even if it did have standing.