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FCC Makes Picks in Six More NCE MX Groups

Tentative winners of CPs are named in Arizona, Florida, Texas and Washington state

Six more hopefuls have learned that they are tentative winners of construction permits to build new noncom educational stations.

The Federal Communications Commission has released the results of more “threshold fair distribution analyses” to settle situations where multiple applications were in conflict.

After being given a chance to settle among themselves, such mutually exclusive (MX) applications are run through a series of parameters that the FCC uses to guide its selection of tentative winners. The other applicants and the public then get a chance to file petitions to deny.

In November 2021 the FCC identified 231 groups of mutually exclusive NCE FM applications coming out of its recent NCE application window. It has been working its way through the MX list, announcing the outcomes in batches.

Here are the latest tentative selectees:

Group 23 — In Arizona, Hispanic American Christian Network Inc. proposes to serve the community of Aguila.; Bradshaw Mountain Broadcasting Inc. proposes to serve Crown King, Ariz.; Advance Ministries Inc. proposes to serve Prescott, Ariz.; and Desert Soul Media Inc. proposes to serve Wickenburg, Ariz. The tentative selectee is Desert Soul Media.

Group 59B — This grouping straddles the Florida/Georgia border. Faith and Action Community Outreach Inc. proposes to serve Madison, Fla., and Big Bend Heritage Music Association Inc. proposes to serve Perry, Fla. Meanwhile in Georgia, Elijah Radio proposes to serve Dasher; Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission proposes to serve Pelham; Church Planters of America proposes to serve Quitman; and Bemiss Road Baptist Church and Lowndes County Christian Academy Inc., filing as one application, seek to serve the community of Valdosta. Big Bend Heritage Music Association is the tentative selectee.

Group 196 — In Texas, Texas Public Radio proposes to serve Gonzales. Centro Cristiano de Vida Eterna San Antonio filed two applications in the group, one for Runge, Texas, and the other for Shiner, Texas. The latter is the tentative selectee.

Group 205 — In Texas, Ministerio Espiritu Santo proposes to serve Buffalo; Red-C Apostolate: Religious Education for the Domestic Church proposes to serve Cameron; Iglesia Cristiana Restauracion y Vida proposes to serve Gatesville; First Dallas Media Inc. proposes to serve Golinda; Alpha Consulting Christian Education proposes to serve Hallsburg; East Texas Community Broadcasting and Specialized Educational Broadcasting each proposes to serve Riesel; and Centro Familiar de Restauracion y Vida proposes to serve Woodway. The tentative selectee is First Dallas Media Inc.

Group 221 — In Washington state, Cascade Community Radio proposes to serve Cathlamet, and Tillicum Foundation (Tillicum) proposes to serve Ocean Park. Cascade is the tentative selectee.

[Related: “FCC Names Tentative Winners of 32 More CPs”]