WOLY’s Battle for License Renewal Ends

fcc-logo_dark-blueOn March 30, the FCC issued a final order in the case of former broadcast station WOLY-AM (Battle Creek).  The station’s former licensee, Christian Family Network (CFN), has been trying to get the FCC to reverse its dismissal of both a license renewal and a request for Special Temporary Authority.

According to the Memorandum Opinion and Order, at issue in the case was the Media Bureau’s treatment of the Renewal Application, which CFN filed more than four and one-half years after it was due and over two and one-half years after FCC staff notified it that, “due to CFN’s failure to have so filed, the Station’s license had expired and that any further operation of the Station was unauthorized, and directed CFN to cease operations immediately.”

CFN claimed that it was unable to file its renewal application electronically and filed its paperwork by regular U.S. Mail instead, and that the Commission should have treated the letter as wavier request.  However the Commission stated that it had “no record that CFN ever actually filed a license renewal application for the Station on paper through the Office of the Secretary at any time. “

 

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