Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MI Radio: Randy Michaels Gives-Up WRAX License

Randy Michaels
In a case with implications for other stations that sit silent for long periods of time, the FCC last week adopted a hearing designation order pertaining to an FM in Lake Isabella, Mich. It announced a new procedure for such cases, and the action may presage bigger changes aimed at speeding up certain legal proceedings involving broadcasters.

According to RadioWorld, Randy Michaels' Radioactive LLC was granted a license to operate WRAX at 98.9 MHz in 2010. In 2012, it applied for a license renewal. But, according to the FCC, records submitted by Radioactive indicated that the station has been operated only one day a year for the last seven years. The Communications Act requires that a broadcast station license be forfeited automatically if it is silent for one year, absent rare circumstances.

But rather than get involved in a potentially experience legal fight, Michaels has returned the wRAX license back to the FCC.  His attorney Marissa Repp’s issued terse letter about WRAX – “This submission surrenders for cancellation the license to operate WRAX...Such cancellation will make moot the pending application for renewal of licenses...as well as the hearing designation order.”

Radioactive LLC has 14 other FMs.  Many others are in LMAs, like three in Kansas operated by Rockin’ M, such as “Real Country 101.7” KDJM Lindsborg.)

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