O’Rielly Blasts FCC ALJ As ‘Rehabilitated’ Ex-Owner’s Buy Is Nixed


On May 24, 2012, a Form 345 filing was made with the FCC signaling the desire of Patrick Sullivan to sell a 185-watt FM translator in a large Alabama city to Lake Broadcasting for $1,000.

A single purchase agreement form, signed by both parties, was submitted for approval.

While this deal appeared to be simple, the assignee made this a most difficult and time-consuming matter for the Commission. That’s because Lake Broadcasting is an entity led by an individual who had his five licenses revoked in 2001 for criminal misconduct conducted between 1985 and 1990.

The matter has finally been resolved, and that led Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to issue a statement criticizing the FCC’s Administrative Law Judge for its role in the situation.

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