FCC Dismisses Tentative Winner's Application For Noncommercial Oklahoma FM
April 25, 2011 at 12:10 PM (PT)
The FCC has dismissed the application of FOUNDATION FOR THE ANNUNCIATION MONASTERY OF CLEAR CREEK for a new noncommercial FM at OAKS, OK and has reinstated and tentatively selected the CHEROKEE NATION's application for a new FM at TAHLEQUA, OK.
CHEROKEE NATION objected to the FOUNDATION's initial selection on two grounds, one that the Commission improperly compared FOUNDATION’s population calculations to its own in finding a dispositive fair distribution preference for FOUNDATION, and two, that two of FOUNDATION's six directors as of the application's filing date were not U.S. citizens. The Commission upheld its finding on the population issue but found that two of the FOUNDATION's directors are indeed French citizens, and that the FOUNDATION did not properly disclose all parties to the application at the time of its filing.
The FOUNDATION application also failed to adequately protect the former analog Channel 6 signal of KOTV (TV)/TULSA, but the Commission said that it would have allowed the FOUNDATION to file a curative amendment within 30 days of dismissal; however, the citizenship defect rendered that issue moot.