United States

Ted Austin’s Snake River Radio has won its license renewal hearing for 1490 KPCQ Chubbock/Pocatello ID with the FCC’s Administrative Law Judge Jane Hinckley Halprin.

The FCC designated the station for a hearing in February 2022 to determine whether to proceed with its pending license renewal due to its limited operational status since acquiring the station in 2018 and questions of whether the license should be considered expired automatically due to extended periods of silence.

Judge Hinckley Halprin has granted KPCQ a limited one-year license renewal writing, “Snake River Radio has proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the station was not off the air for more than 12 consecutive months.” She follows, “Snake River Radio has not proved by a preponderance of the evidence that it satisfied the renewal standards of section 309(k)(1), but that mitigating factors exist to find that a one-year renewal of the station’s license pursuant to section 309(k)(2) is in the public interest and constitutes an appropriate sanction.”

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2023-04-08)