FCC Rejects Challenge To Florida AM's License Renewal
August 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM (PT)
The FCC has rejected JERRY M. EVANS' appeal of the renewal of the license of WDMC-A (formerly WMEL-A)/MELBOURNE, FL. Receiver DAVID RYDER filed the renewal application in 2005, and filed to assign the license to TWIN TOWERS BROADCASTING in FEBRUARY 2006.
EVANS filed a petition for reconsideration as an informal objection to the assignment in APRIL 2006 without referencing the renewal application in the caption (although it was mentioned in the text). EVANS filed a petition for reconsideration after the renewal was granted without referencing his objection. The Commission ruled that his petition should have been considered, but rejected his arguments on the merits because he did not have standing and that misrepresentations of stock ownership by TWIN TOWERS did not rise to the severity level necessary to show intent to deceive the Commission.
The station has since changed hands and is now a Religion outlet owned by DIVINE MERCY COMMUNICATIONS.