FCC Nixes Appeals Of WBLS-WLIB, Cumulus Pensacola-Mobile Deals
June 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM (PT)
The FCC has rejected the Application for Review of the denial of a complaint filed by community activists, a politician, and a former host against the 2012 sale of Urban AC WBLS and Gospel WLIB-A/NEW YORK by INNER CITY's URBAN RADIO I, LLC, as debtor-in-possession, to YMF MEDIA, NEW YORK LICENSEE LLC. Former WLIB talk host BOB LAW, NEW YORK City Councilman CHARLES BARRON, COMMITTEE TO ELIMINATE MEDIA OFFENSIVE TO AFRICAN PEOPLE (CEMOTAP) member BETTY DOPSON, and MICHAEL D. NORTH. The Commission dismissed the petition's challenge in its text to the sale of other INNER CITY stations for lack of standing, and rejected Equal Protection, Fifth Amendment, and PROMETHEUS RADIO PROJECT v. FCC arguments because they were impermissibly first raised in the Application for Review.
The Commission also denied an Application for Review filed by ADX COMMUNICATIONS against the sale of AC WMEZ (SOFT ROCK 94.1)/PENSACOLA and Country WXBM (102.7 NASH FM)/MILTON, FL by PAMAL's 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC. to CUMULUS, and the sale of Top 40 WABD (formerly WLVM)/MOBILE by EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION to CUMULUS. ADX argued that the ARBITRON Metro-based market definitions used to determine ownership concentration did not properly take into account the overlap of signals of the PENSACOLA and MOBILE markets, and that the community of license change for CUMULUS' WDLT/ATMORE, AL to SARALAND, AL should have triggered a two-year waiting period before CUMULUS could take advantage of the change in the market. The Commission noted that "there is nothing new or unique about two adjacent ARBITRON Metro markets 'sharing' numerous stations, and that the WDLT change did not fall into the established categories of changes that trigger the two-year rule.
An application for review of the grant of a new noncommercial FM at BERNARDSVILLE, NJ to NEW JERSEY PUBLIC BROADCASTING AUTHORITY by competing applicant WORLD REVIVALS, INC. was also dismissed. WRI had contended that NJPBA did not have reasonable assurance of the availability of its tower site.
And BOLD GOLD MEDIA WBS, L.P. has been fined $6,000 for failing to install EAS equipment at Classic Hits WWRR (105 THE RIVER)/SCRANTON.