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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    Keep in mind the cross-ownership rule has been in place for 40 years, through both Republican and Democratic rule. In fact, it came about during a Republican administration.

    Legislation is a lengthy process, and there are several media watchdog organizations that have actively sought to keep the rule in place. Just because a party in power doesn't mean it's a slam dunk. Otherwise it wouldn't have lasted this long.
    The FCC commissioners can delete it whenever they vote to do. Once Trump takes office there will be two Republicans and one Democrat on the FCC Commission until Trump appoints another Republican and another Democrat. The two Republicans on the FCC voted to do away with it this year but the vote was 3-2 against, Democrats in favor. The two have indicated they will vote to do away with it first opportunity when the new administration takes office. The legislation was introduced as a backdrop in case the Democratic chairman of the FCC didn't resign. He has since announced he will resign.

    If the groups opposed want to stop it, their only recourse would be to get an injunction through the courts, typically the district court in Washington DC, which most recently seemed open to a repeal on the basis that newspapers are in the tank and it's only going to get worse for them. The suggestion is that perhaps owning a radio and/or TV station in the same market would allow the newspaper to survive by consolidating resources. I read recently that the AJC daily circulation is now about 100,000. The top cume radio station in Atlanta, WSB-FM, reaches well north of 1 million listeners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MediaMan View Post
    The FCC commissioners can delete it whenever they vote to do.
    There's a long list of things that people think will happen on January 20th. If it was so easy, it would have happened a long time ago. It's easier to say you'll do something than to actually do it. Ask Michael Copps. Remember him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MediaMan View Post
    If that happens, WSBB-FM 95.5 will be able to move to its applied for site in midtown Atlanta.
    It's my understanding that the city of license change for WSBB-FM from Athens to Doraville was to tee up such a move, even though the signal didn't move at the time.
    "When broadcasting over the radio, there are certain words we must omit.
    Like 'BEEP' and 'BUZZ' and 'GOBBLE-GOBBLE', by gosh we can't even say shhhhhaving cream!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    There's a long list of things that people think will happen on January 20th. If it was so easy, it would have happened a long time ago. It's easier to say you'll do something than to actually do it. Ask Michael Copps. Remember him?
    Wait and see. It will be off the books by March 1, 2017. The circumstances and reasons it hasn't been done prior to now, no longer exist. Now it's a just matter of votes. Of the three commissioners who voted against...one is already gone. The other leaves January 20, 2017. The two who voted to eliminate it recently are still there. One will be named acting Chairman. The vote will be 2 to 1 to repeal. The two who will vote for it have already stated they plan to take the action as soon as the new administration takes office.

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by jabba17 View Post
    It's my understanding that the city of license change for WSBB-FM from Athens to Doraville was to tee up such a move, even though the signal didn't move at the time.
    Cox filed an application, BPH-20060501AOE, to move WSBB-FM to midtown using the same tower as WSB-FM, also using 100KW but about 150 ft lower on the tower than WSB-FM and with a slight null to the northwest and even smaller null to the southwest. The application was dismissed earlier this year when a station in Alabama, which agreed to change their facilities so WSBB-FM could move, failed to pay some FCC reg fees. Cox has paid the fees for the Alabama station and it and the Alabama station have asked the FCC to reinstate the application for WSBB-FM. Regardless the change to WSBB-FM is conditioned on a waiver or repeal of the cross-ownership rule since WSBB-FM from the midtown site provides greater than 100% of the city of Atlanta where the AJC is published.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MediaMan View Post
    Wait and see. It will be off the books by March 1, 2017.
    Nothing happens quickly at the FCC. Ordering new stationary takes a year. However, there is a lawsuit brought by the NAB against the FCC specifically targeting this rule. That will likely add a delay to your theoretical date.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by jabba17 View Post
    It's my understanding that the city of license change for WSBB-FM from Athens to Doraville was to tee up such a move, even though the signal didn't move at the time.
    The signal actually did move at the time. 95.5's antenna signed on from a tower built specifically for it off route 81 in the Bethlehem area. Then it moved to the 97.1 tower near Chateau Elan and changed its city of license.

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