FCC Affirms Oklahoma Stations' Sales
April 26, 2010 at 4:22 AM (PT)
The FCC has affirmed the Media Bureau's decision to allow the 2004 sale and to renew the licenses of KESC ENTERPRISES Smooth Jazz KOCD (CD 103.7)/OKEMAH, OK and SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA RADIO, LLC Adult Standards KTMC-A, Classic Rock KTMC-F, Country KMCO, and Country KNED-A/WILBURTON-MCALESTER, OK.
The stations' sellers, LITTLE DIXIE RADIO, INC. and BOTTOM LINE BROADCASTING INC., were owned by GENE STIPE, who pleaded guilty to several criminal counts, including Conspiracy to Violate the Federal Election Campaign Act, Conspiracy to Obstruct a Federal Election Commission Investigation, and Perjury in 2003. The Bureau decided that to deny the sales "could adversely affect broadcast service to these communities." The Commission's present decision says that the FCC is "satisfied that allowing the Bureau’s action to stand will serve the public interest without compromising our ability to enforce our rules and regulations or undermining the integrity of our proceedings.