Perseverance has yet to pay off for Ed Stolz II.
The head of Royce International Broadcasting Co. has lost another challenge against his longtime nemesis, Entercom, as the FCC on Jan. 18 renewed the license of five of the broadcasting company’s Sacramento radio stations.
A Petition to Deny the license renewals was filed by Stolz in Nov. 2005 for KUDL-FM 106.5 — the former Alternative KWOD — and two other stations: KSEG-FM 96.9 and KRXQ-FM 98.5. A second petition to deny, filed in Nov. 2013, added KIFM-AM 1320 and KKDO-FM 94.7 to the group of stations Stolz believes should lose their license.
Stolz’s problems with Entercom date back to 2003, when after a protracted seven-year court battle wherein violations of the RICO Act were alleged, Entercom acquired the former KWOD from Royce International Broadcasting.
More recently, Stolz attempted to capitalize on the FCC’s late October order to Entercom to travel to Washington, D.C. and defend itself in front of an Administrative Law Judge intent on discovering whether or not the license renewal of the company’s CHR/Pop KDND-FM 107.9 in Sacramento may proceed.
This matter is not germaine to these petitions, and remains ongoing at the Commission.