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Henrietta, Texas, will not have an LPFM station

The FCC Media Bureau refuses to reconsider its earlier rejection

The government of a small Texas town had hoped to launch an LPFM station, but the FCC rejected the application.

The community of Henrietta in Clay County, not far from Wichita Falls, applied during the 2023 LPFM filing period. The station would provide local news and be a venue for local school districts “to inform and motivate teachers and students to learn about mass communications and explore their suitability for this possible career.” It also said the station would be available to the county sheriff’s office, fire department and other county officials as needed.

In January, the FCC Media Bureau denied his application for failure to meet minimum distance requirements related to the co-channel license of KZMJ(FM), Gainesville, Texas.

The city then asked the commission for permission to change the proposed frequency to 90.5 MHz or another frequency of the commission’s choice. Alternatively, it requested a waiver from co-channel spacing requirements, saying the station would not result in actual interference with KZMJ.

But as it has done in several other recent cases, the Media Bureau says its earlier decision was correct. It said applications submitted during an LPFM application period that do not meet the distance requirements will be rejected without the opportunity to change this, and it reminded the city that the Procedures Public Notice had warned LPFM applicants that there would be no opportunity to correct these kinds of shortcomings.

(Read more coverage of recent FCC actions, including other LPFM cases.)