FCC Cancels Oregon AM License
February 24, 2010 at 11:42 AM (PT)
The FCC has canceled the license of KRAM-A/WEST KLAMATH, OR and has deleted the station's call letters.
The station was licensed to SANDRA FALK until her death in 2006, when her sole beneficiary SANDRA SOHO took over her estate. SOHO was removed from the estate by court order in OCTOBER 2006 on grounds that she was involved in a fraudulent transfer of real estate from FALK's property; SCOTT MACARTHUR was appointed personal representative of the estate. Upon Commission inquiry in 2007, MACARTHUR informed the FCC that the station had been dark since JULY 1, 2006. It returned to the air JULY 15, 2009, from a site at variance with the licensed coordinates. The Commission has canceled the station's license and denied its renewal, citing the rule limiting a station's permissible silent period to one year.
The Commission also denied FIRESIDE MEDIA's appeal of an order that reduced the company's withdrawal payments for pulling its high bids in four FM auctions; FIRESIDE's debt was reduced from $108,892 by $8,659, and FIRESIDE appealed for an additional $8,659 refund and leave to amend the original order. The FCC denied the appeal as untimely and also ruled that the contentions of FIRESIDE in support of its appeal would have failed on the merits.