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FCC Rejects Challenge to WSYR

A Syracuse AM owned by Clear Channel also has won license renewal over a group of opponents.
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A Syracuse AM owned by Clear Channel also has won license renewal over a group of opponents.

John Oldfield and Howie Hawkins made several complaints.

Among other things, they said the station had failed to maintain the political file section of its public file; they cited a lack of documentation for spots run in 2005 by a political group during a mayoral election.

The station replied that the group was a political action committee not authorized by a candidate to expend funds. As an issue advertiser, not an entity requesting time for a candidate, it falls under sponsorship identification rather than candidate advertising rules. The commission staff accepted Clear Channel’s arguments.

The petitioners also said that during two visits, the political file was found empty or was missing information; but the station said no one complained to its employees at the time and that when it learned of the alleged deficiencies, it found everything intact.

The FCC says the petitioners failed to identify material that was or may have been missing.

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