Eight low-power TV and/or television translator applications have been accepted for filing by the FCC.
Six are associated with a Dallas-area religious broadcaster, while one is tied to both a university and public school district in the Land of Enchantment. The eighth facility is owned by Mako Communications, a family-owned and operated company that has been acquiring, building, and maintaining Class A and low power television stations all across the United States since 2000.
In a public notice released Dec. 30 by the FCC, the following low-power TV applications from EICB-TV East have been accepted for filing:
- W29EQ-D 29 TALLAHASSEE, FL
- K23NB-D 23 BOISE, ID
- K14QO-D 14 BOISE, ID
- K14QM-D 14 DULUTH, MN
- K14QN-D 14 BIG SPRING, TX
- K35MF-D 35 BIG SPRING, TX
EICB is a Dallas-based entity that owns and operates the nationally distributed “Excellence in Christian Broadcasting” noncommercial network; it just agreed to divest a LPTV facility in Lake Charles, La.
At the same time, an application for a new Channel 43 in Zuni Pueblo, N. Mex. from the Regents of the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Board of Education has been accepted for filing.
Lastly, the FCC has accepted Mako’s application for KISA-LD 25, a station set to serve the San Antonio market.
Mako has been a prolific buyer and seller of low-power TV facilities, resulting in multi-million dollar transactions for the Mintz family, which controls Mako.
Petitions to deny the applications may be filed with the Commission within 30 days of Dec. 30, 2016.
Such petitions should clearly bear the caption of the applicable application, the FCC notes.