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Radio Broadcasting Services; Allegan, Mattawan and Otsego, MI

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Federal Communications Commission.


Proposed rule.


The Audio Division seeks comment on a petition filed by Forum Communications, Inc., licensee of FM Station WZUU, proposing the substitution of Channel 223A for Channel 222A at Allegan, reallotment of Channel 223A from Allegan to Mattawan, Michigan, as its first local service and modification of the FM Station WZUU license accordingly. To prevent removal of Allegan's sole local service, Petitioner also requests the reallotment of co-owned Station WQXC-FM, Channel 265A from Otsego to Allegan, Michigan and modification of the Station WQXC-FM license accordingly. A staff engineering analysis has determined that Channel 223A can be allotted to Mattawan in conformity with the Commission's rules, provided there is a site restriction of 10.6 kilometers (6.6 miles) southeast at reference coordinates 42-07-45 NL and 85-43-13 WL. Additionally, Channel 265A can be allotted to Allegan in compliance with the Commission's rules, at the Station WQXC(FM) existing transmitter site at coordinates 42-30-31 NL and 85-46-08 WL. Canadian concurrence has been requested because the proposed reallotments are both located within 320 kilometers (199 miles) of the U.S.-Canadian border. In accordance with the provisions of Section 1.420(i) of the Commission's rules, we shall not accept competing expressions of interest pertaining to the use of Channel 223A at Mattawan or Channel 265A at Allegan.


Comments must be filed on or before November 17, 2005, and reply comments on or before December 2, 2005.


Federal Communications Commission, 445 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve the petitioner, as follows: Matthew H. McCormick, Esq., Counsel for Forum Communications, Inc., Reddy, Begley & McCormick, LLP, 1156 15th Street, NW., Suite 610, Washington, DC 20005-1770.

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Rolanda F. Smith, Media Bureau, (202) 418-2180.

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This is a summary of the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MB Docket No. 05-269, adopted September 23, 2005, and released September 26, 2005. The full text of this Commission decision is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the Commission's Reference Center 445 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. The complete text of this decision may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20054, telephone 1-800-378-3160 or This document does not contain proposed information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any proposed information collection burden “for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees,” pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107-198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4).

Provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 do not apply to this proceeding.

Members of the public should note that from the time a Notice of Proposed Rule Making is issued until the matter is no longer subject to Commission consideration or court review, all ex parte contacts are prohibited in Commission proceedings, such as this one, which involve channel allotments. See 47 CFR 1.1204(b) for rules governing permissible ex parte contact.

For information regarding proper filing procedures for comments, see 47 CFR 1.415 and 1.420.

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List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73

  • Radio
  • Radio broadcasting
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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission proposes to amend 47 CFR part 73 as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 334 and 336.

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2. Section 73.202(b), the Table of FM Allotments under Michigan, is amended by removing Channel 222A and by adding Channel 265A at Allegan, by adding Mattawan, Channel 223A, and by removing Otsego, Channel 265A.

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Federal Communications Commission.

John A. Karousos,

Assistant Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 05-20212 Filed 10-11-05; 8:45 am]