FCC turns down less-than-strenuous request for review


Glenn Cherry has objected to seeing a number of stations formerly licensed to various versions of Tama Radio Licenses being turned over to a receiver, and has asked the FCC to review its earlier approval of the transfers. But the FCC said he request failed to “specify with particularity” any new grounds to warrant a review.

The stations involved in the disputed involuntary transfer included:

* under licensee name Tama Radio Licenses of Tampa, Florida Inc.: WTMP(AM) Egypt Lake FL and WTMP-FM, Dade City FL

* under licensee name Tama Radio Licenses of Jacksonville, Florida Inc.: WFJO(FM), Folkston GA; WHJX(FM), Baldwin FL; WJSJ(FM), Fernandina FL; WSJF(FM), St. Augustine FL; and WFJO(FM), Folkston GA

* under licensee name Tama Radio Licenses of Savannah, Georgia Inc.: WSSJ(FM), Rincon GA; and WSGA(FM) & WTHG(FM), Hinesville GA

The stations were transferred to Scott Savage, Receiver in a 2/26/09 FCC Media Bureau decision.

The FCC basically declined to do Cherry’s work for him. It said that rather than bring up new evidence, Cherry “…merely referenced prior pleadings. The Commission is not required to sift through an applicant’s prior pleadings to supply the reasoning that our rules require to be provided in the application for review.”

The FCC explained, “Accordingly, the application for review is subject to dismissal. In any event, we have carefully reviewed the entire record. We conclude that the staff properly decided the matters raised below, and we uphold the staff decision for the reasons stated therein.”