FCC to Rice Radio: Piss Off, Small Change

FCC Response to Austin Airwaves’s Request to Deny transfer of NCE License KTRU-FM, Houston, TX

Dear Consumer,

During the license renewal process, listeners of the stations whose licenses are up for renewal may participate in the process either by filing a petition to deny or informal objection against a renewal or by filing positive comments about a broadcaster’s service.

You can submit a protest against a station’s license renewal application by filing a formal petition to deny its application, or by sending us an informal objection to the application. Before its license expires, each station licensee must broadcast a series of announcements providing the date its license will expire, the filing date for the renewal application, the date by which formal petitions against it must be filed, and the location of the station’s public inspection file that contains the application. Petitions to deny the application must be filed by the end of the first day of the last full calendar month of the expiring license term. (For example, if the license expires on December 31, we must receive any petition at our Washington, D.C. headquarters by the end of the day on December 1.)

Broadcast licenses generally expire on a staggered basis, by state, with most radio licenses next expiring between October 1, 2011 and August 1, 2014, and most television licenses expiring between October 1, 2012 and August 1, 2015, one year after the radio licenses in the same state.

You can also participate in the application process by filing a petition to deny when someone applies for a new station, and when a station is to be sold (technically called an “assignment” of the license), its licensee is to undergo a major transfer of stock or other ownership, or control (technically called a “transfer of control”), or the station proposes major facility changes. The applicant is required to publish a series of notices in the closest local newspaper, containing information similar to that noted above regarding renewal applications, when it files these types of applications. Upon receipt of the application, the FCC will issue a Public Notice and begin a 30-day period during which petitions to deny these applications may be filed.  (All FCC Public Notices are included in the Commission’s Daily Digest and are posted on our website at http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest).

A petition to deny or an informal objection to a radio license renewal application may be filed AFTER the filing of the license renewal application. Notices of the filing of license renewal applications will be posted in the public notices listed at, for radio station applications: http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/audio/cur_Broadcast_Applications.html. It is expected that the Commission’s website will also post notices of the filing of television station license renewal applications prior to the commencement of the next television station license renewal cycle in 2004. The Commission’s Consolidated Database System (CDBS) will also contain records pertaining to the license renewal applications.

The last day for filing petitions to deny is ONE MONTH PRIOR to the license expiration date.

As with renewal applications, you can also file an informal objection to these types of applications, or any other applications, at any time before we either grant or deny the application.

Petitions to deny broadcast station license renewals (a signed original and two copies) must be mailed or delivered to one of the following FCC addresses:
U.S. Postal Service Mail-
Office of the Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
ATTN: Audio Division, License Renewal Processing Team
Mail Stop 1800B


Video Division, License Renewal Processing Team
Room 2-A665
Messenger or Hand Delivered Filings, and Filings Delivered by Other Than USPS-
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission,
C/O Natek, Inc.,
236 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Suite 110, Washington, DC 20002
ATTN: Audio Division, License Renewal Processing Team
Mail Stop 1800B

In addition, courtesy copies may be sent directly to the Audio Division, License Renewal Processing Team (for radio) or the Video Division, License Renewal Processing Team (for television), using the addresses set forth above. A petition to deny must contain a certification that a copy of the petition was also mailed to the station, and must contain an affidavit of a person with personal knowledge attesting that the facts contained in the petition are true.

Again, if you have any specific questions about our processes or the status of a particular application involving a station, you may contact our Broadcast Information Specialist for radio or television, depending on the nature of your inquiry, by calling toll-free, by facsimile, or by sending an e-mail as noted below:

If your question relates to a radio station:
Toll-Free: (866) 267-7202 (Voice) or (877) 479-1433 (TTY)
Fax: (202) 418-1411
E-Mail: radioinfo@fcc.gov

If your question relates to a television station:
Toll-Free: (866) 918-5777 (Voice) or (866) 787-6222 (TTY)
Fax: (202) 418-2827
E-Mail: tvinfo@fcc.gov

Thank You.


2 Responses

  1. Not that I am aware of.But to be honest the site has been rather quiet lately,been occopied “elsewhere”.Please try again and let us know if still having trouble.I am hoping to have something new up soon

  2. Now this is an example of 100% grade A prime governmental gibberish! And maybe it’s just an echo from the title but this totally brings to mind a classic Monty Python bit from * The Meaning of Life *. The skit where John Cleese is playing a school master giving instructions to the class on how to arrange their hat & coats on the coat rack, depending on if they are scheduled for a haircut or picking up their brothers, etc., etc. The instructions just keep getting more & more complex and more & more inane, much the same as this. I guess we should take comfort in knowing that the FCC appreciates classic British humor to the point that they are including it in their procedures.

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