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Alpha Sells Biloxi MS Cluster to TeleSouth Communications
Alpha Media has agreed to sell six radio outlets in Biloxi, MS, to TeleSouth Communications. Terms were not immediately disclosed. Included in the deal are 1kW WANG-AM (1490), 10kW WTNI-AM (1640), 50kW WCPR-FM (97.9), 4.3kW WGBL-FM (96.7), 25kw WQBB-FM (105.9) and 2.8kW WXYK-FM (107.1). TeleSouth is a Mississippi-based company headed by More

FCC Begins 2018 Quadrennial Review of Media Ownership Rules
FCC
FCC
The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking beginning the 2018 Quadrennial Review of the Commission's media ownership rules. The agency is required to review certain broadcast ownership rules every four years to determine whether they "are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition" and to "repeal or modify any More

Lotus Closes on Buy of Scripps Stations in Tucson, Boise
Lotus Communications
Lotus Communications
Lotus Communications Corp. has closed on its purchase of four stations in Tucson and four stations in Boise, ID, from Scipps Media for $8 million. This represents the last of the radio outlets owned by Scripps. Included in the deal were 1kW KFFN-AM (1490), 100kW KMXZ-FM (94.9), 3kW KQTH-FM (104.1) and 0.44kW KTGV-FM (106.3)/Tucson along More

Pirate Radio Operator Arraigned in Croton-On-Hudson, NY
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau and the Westchester County District Attorney's Office have announced details of a joint investigation resulting in the arrest of and arraignment of a pirate radio operator in Croton-On-Hudson, NY. FCC field agents traced the illegal broadcasts and located the operator, Richard Dominguez, and worked with the More

Halprin Will Serve as FCC'S Administrative Law Judge
FCC
FCC
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that Jane Hinckley Halprin will serve as the agency's Administrative Law Judge. Halprin will replace Judge Richard Sippel, who retired on December 1. Halprin joined the FCC in 1987 as a staff attorney in the former Common More

FCC Lays Groundwork for Quadrennial Media Ownership Review
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (pictured) has announced that the agency will open up its required quadrennial examination of media ownership rules at the FCC's Open Meeting on December 12 meeting, specifically examining rules affecting local media markets. The review will begin with a Notice of Proposed More

Hubbard Radio Acquires Six in West Palm Beach from Alpha
Hubbard Radio
Hubbard Radio
Hubbard Radio has agreed to acquire six radio outlets from Alpha Media in West Palm Beach. Included in the deal are 100kW WRMF-FM (97.9), 90kW WIRK-FM (103.1), 7.5kW WMEN-AM (640), 50kW WFTL-AM (850), 100kW WEAT-FM (107.9) and 100kW WMBX-FM (102.3). The Seller, More

Bark Out Loud Dogs Media to Acquire WLNG Eastern Long Island
Bark Out Loud Dogs Media LLC has agreed to acquire 5.3kW Oldies WLNG-FM (92.1)/Sag Harbor, NY from Main Street Broadcasting Company Inc. for $3.9 million cash at closing. WLNG serves Eastern Long Island (Riverhead, Hampton Bays and Southhold, NY), putting in a More

FCC Again Denies Opponents of Entercom-CBS Radio Merger
The FCC in a decision released Thursday refused the challenge of the Entercom-CBS Radio merger over a broadcaster's allegations of "news distortion." A joint Petition for Reconsideration was filed by by Edward R. Stolz II (Stolz) and Deborah J. Naiman More

FCC Eliminates Paper Filings for Station Contracts
FCC
FCC
The FCC has eliminated the nearly 80-year-old requirement that broadcasters routinely file paper copies of station contracts and certain other documents with the Commission. Broadcasters have been required to submit these paper filings since the 1930s. After More

Singing River Group Buys Florence-Muscle Shoals Cluster
Media Services Group
Media Services Group
Singing River Group has agreed to purchase a cluster of stations serving the Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL market, from URBAN Radio Broadcasting. Included in the deal are News WVNA-AM (1590) & Rock WVNA-FM (105.5)/Muscle Shoals AL, Urban WMSR-FM (94.9)/Manchester TN, Variety WLAY-AM More

FCC: Hurricane Michael Takes Out 30 FM, 4 AM Stations
The Federal Communications Commission continues to assess the damage across 101 counties in Florida, Georgia and Alabama from Hurricane Michael and is reporting 30 FM stations out of service, while 61 FM outlets reported as operational. Three FM translators and four AM facilities are off More

iHM Asks FCC to Remove ''Debtor-in-Possession Status''
iHeartMedia has filed with the FCC asking the agency to remove "debtor-in-possession status" as it prepares to exit from Chapter 11 restructuring, along with a plan on how it will operate the company. There were seven separate Form 314 filings under each of the licensee names used by the radio More

NAB Comments on Radio, LPTV Repack Expense Reimbursement
NAB
NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed comments with the FCC in response to the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the reimbursement of LPTV, TV Translator and FM radio stations for reasonable expenses incurred as a result of the repacking and relocation More

Stone Canyon Radio and Marketing Buys Four in Flagstaff
Stone Canyon Radio and Marketing LLC, whose principals include veteran broadcasters Joe Schwartz (former Cherry Creek Media CEO), John R. Beck, Jr. (Emmis Communications St. Louis Sr. VP) and Dana Withers (President/Withers Broadcasting and Dana Communications), have announced the More

FCC Admonishes Cumulus for Violating Ex Parte Rules
FCC
FCC
The FCC has granted in part, and deny in part, the Petition for Order to Show Cause filed last May 24 by WKNG LLC, the licensee of Classic Hits WWGA-FM/Tallapoosa, GA. WKNG alleged that Cumulus, the licensee of FM translator W255CJ (99X), had violated the More

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