Another 13 hopefuls have been named as tentative winners of construction permits for new noncom educational FM stations.
The Federal Communications Commissions Media Bureau released the results of its “threshold fair distribution of service analyses” for more groupings of mutually exclusive applications. These were filed in November during the recent window for new NCE FMs; there are a total of 231 MX groupings, and the commission is working its way through them.
Below are the latest tentative selectees. The letter A or B in a grouping means that the original MX group was larger but was split by the FCC; in those cases another selection for a second subset of applicants will follow later:
- Group 41A. Slab City Community Group Inc. proposes to serve Bombay Beach on California’s Salton Sea.
- Group 49A. Historic Oxford Ltd. proposes to serve Oxford on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
- Group 59B: Inverse Focus Ministry Inc. proposes to serve Baconton in southern Georgia.
- Group 95: New Beginnings Movement Inc. proposes to serve Seymour in Jackson County, Ind.
- Group 96B. A Hand Up Inc. proposes to serve Chesterton in northern Indiana’s Duneland area.
- Group 97: Incrp Inc. proposes to serve Russiaville in Howard County, Ind., southwest of Kokomo.
- Group 102A: John the Baptist Catholic Church of Meade proposes to serve Meade in southwest Kansas.
- Group 136A: Down East Communications CDC and Center for the Performing Arts proposes to serve Vanceboro, north of New Bern, N.C.
- Group 137A: WUNC Public Radio LLC proposes to serve Laurinburg, N.C., southwest of Fayetteville.
- Group 152: Gallup Public Radio proposes to serve Saint Michaels in northeast Arizona near the New Mexico border.
- Group 157: Radio Bilingue Inc. proposes to serve Deming in southwest New Mexico.
- Group 199: Texas Public Radio proposes to serve Hebbronville in southern Texas, not far from the Mexican border.
- Group 202: Christian Ministries of the Valley Inc. proposes to serve Carrizo Springs, also in southern Texas.
The commission explained its process for each grouping; you can read that in its order.
These organizations thus are now an important step closer to CPs. But with so many organizations hoping to win CPs, the FCC findings often are subject to challenge. Anyone looking to petition for a different outcome has 30 days.
If the FCC hears “no substantial and material question concerning the grantability of the tentative selectee’s application,” it intends to grand the CP. It noted that applications near the U.S. border with Canada or Mexico also would involve completion of international coordination