FCC Rejects Challenge To Texas FM Permit
November 13, 2008 at 10:59 AM (PT)
STEPHAN MYERS' challenge of the grant of a new FM at PINELAND, TX to JAMES M. LOUT has been dismissed after MYERS failed to serve the petition on LOUT. The informal "petition" was also filed late and lacked standing, the Commission found. MYERS claimed to have asked the Commission to keep the petition confidential, but the FCC determined that he had not requested said confidentiality and that petitions to deny must be served on the permittee.
MYERS alleged a series of allegations of off-air behavior by LOUT, including blocking an African-American's purchase of another station, sending anti-Semitic material to a poll worker, and punching out a man who asked his girlfriend to dance, none of which were enough to deny a license even if true; MYERS also alleged LOUT being drunk on the air and airing false and slanted news items. The FCC noted that MYERS had not submitted any evidence to support the allegations and that no specific rules violations were specified.