FCC Approves 157 Applicants For Upcoming Auction

FCC Seal 2020 Federal Communications CommissionThe FCC has approved 157 bidders to participate in the upcoming Auction 109 of 136 FM signals and 4 AM signals on July 27.

Of the 157 bidders, fifty applicants have been marked as incomplete with deficiencies needing the be fixed in order to proceed. All of the applicants will still need to make their upfront payment by the June 16 deadline in order to participate in the auction.

One applicant, 2820 Communications Inc. was rejected. As a non-commercial licensee of two stations in Illinois, the group’s applications were mutually-exclusive with bids from commercial applicants making them unqualified for bidding.

The biggest item in the auction continues to be the Class B 107.9 in Sacramento CA. Among the approved bidders for the allocation are Bonneville, 3D Built, ColdTrainMedia LLC, Educational Media Foundation, Estrella Broadcasting, Nelson Gomez, Mansion Holdings LLC, VCY America, and Tracy K Wood. Those are only the bidders with completed applications. Other bidders with incomplete applications such as Entravision, iHeartMedia and Salem have also selected to go for that allocation.

Other signals of note are the four St. Louis area AMs whose licenses were revoked in March 2020, the 104.1 Sanger TX allocation surrendered by Cumulus in 2013, a class A on 106.9 in Fort Walton Beach FL, a class C1 in Pembroke GA that will cover parts of the Savannah market, a class A in Keeseville NY covering Burlington VT, and two class A’s on the East End of Long Island NY (94.5 Sagaponack and 103.3 Shelter Island).

This story first appeared on radioinsight.com