FCC Closes Books on Galaxy’s Syracuse Move
The FCC is seeking to wrap up some eight-year-old
business involving WTKV(FM),
its city of license and several broadcasters in the area.
owner Galaxy Communications had sought to modify the community of license from
Oswego to Minetto, N.Y., a few miles closer to Syracuse. The station airs at
105.5 MHz and
simulcasts programming of WTKW, “TK99,” a sister Galaxy station in Syracuse.
The Media Bureau originally said no to the change because, at
the time, Galaxy had an interest in nine stations in the Syracuse metro, three
AMs and six FMs, exceeding the local radio ownership limits of seven and no more than
four in one service. Galaxy’s holdings had been grandfathered; but
the lower limits kicked in when it applied for a minor change to implement a
change in community of license.
company has since divested its ownership interests in WGKV(FM) Pulaski and
WZUN(FM) Phoenix, N.Y. Based on that change, the FCC this January approved a
change in community of license for WTKV.
earlier appeal remained on the books but became moot, so the FCC has now dismissed it.
issuing that finding, the commission also noted that three owners — Clear
Channel, Cumulus and Multicultural Radio — had jointly asked for review in this
case; but the commission denied them, saying the companies had
not demonstrated sufficient harm to claim legal standing, and that they also
had not chosen to participate earlier, at the appropriate time for such a
Read the ruling.