This Station Owner Fought The FCC, And Won


By Adam R Jacobson

The Chicago Cubs aren’t the only ones celebrating a victory.

Steve Kingston, owner of Annapolis, Md.-area Class A WRNR-FM 103.1, also has a win to cheer about.

In a public notice issued without comment on Oct. 28, a translator set to take the same frequency in heart of Baltimore has been nixed by the Commission. The rescission of a grant to the translator’s owner came after an August 30 petition for reconsideration was filed by Kingston’s Empire Broadcasting.

The filing proves that translators are subject to any interference claims, and that Class As and above have full recourse to protest.

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.