FCC Denies Sale Of Florida AM Construction Permit
August 5, 2011 at 11:47 AM (PT)
The FCC has denied an appeal by CHUCK HARDER of the denial of the sale of a construction permit for new AM station WJFA-A/HILLIARD, FL by the DIANNE MAYFIELD-HARDER TRUST to HARDER for $100 and has deleted the call letters and permit. HARDER told the Commission that the failing health and financial condition of MAYFIELD-HARDER had made construction of the facility or sale of the permit impossible by the JANUARY 30, 2009 3a (ET) deadline (the sale paperwork was filed the same day with the Commission). The FCC ruled that the permit had expired by the time HARDER filed the application, and that the suspension of the "eligible entity" rule allowing extensions of construction permits has rendered the matter moot, since even if HARDER's application is accepted, the permit expired on that day anyway.
The Commission also denied an objection by TOWERS INVESTMENT TRUST, INC. to the sale of Country WFLK (K 101.7)/GENEVA, NY by MB COMMUNICATIONS to FINGER LAKES RADIO GROUP for $450,000 in a promissory note. TOWERS, a creditor of the buyer's 67% owner GEORGE KIMBLE, asserted that KIMBLE's Chapter 7 bankruptcy meant he had no authority to enter into the purchase agreement. The Commission ruled that the deal was undertaken by a corporate entity and no evidence that KIMBLE's own personal bankruptcy affects the company's operations.