FCC Says No To Reinstating New Jersey Translator
July 13, 2009 at 11:12 AM (PT)
A petition by MARIANA BROADCASTING for reconsideration of the voluntary cancellation of the license for FM translator W276BX/POMPTON LAKES, NJ by licensee NEW JERSEY PUBLIC BROADCASTING AUTHORITY has been dismissed by the FCC. NJPBA asked the FCC to cancel its license for the translator, serving part of NORTH JERSEY, on JANUARY 16, but MARIANA, licensee of Oldies WGHT-A/POMPTON LAKES, filed to have the license reinstated and for special temporary authority to operate the translator to rebroadcast WGHT while negotiations to buy the license from NJPBA continued. The Commission ruled that MARIANA, not being the translator's licensee, has no standing to file for reinstatement of the license.
The Commission also rejected REFUGE MEDIA GROUP's petition for reconsideration of the dismissal of its application for a new noncommercial FM in BELLE PLAINE, MN, ruling that the petition was filed too late. RMG filed the petition on MARCH 9th, and the Commission noted that the 30 day period for timely filing of petitions ended on FEBRUARY 27th.
But the FCC approved BENTON-WEATHERFORD BROADCASTING OF INDIANA, INC.'s application to move WKZS/COVINGTON, IN to THOMASBORO, IL over the objection of minority shareholder LEONARD WATSON, who complained that he was not informed of the move prior to the application. The Commission said that it is not entitled to control or manage a company's day-to-day business operations and that WATSON should avail himself of other means of redress like suit in state civil court.