FCC Rejects Jamie Allman’s Challenge To Emmis-Entercom St. Louis Deal

The FCC has rejected JAMIE ALLMAN’s Petition for Reconsideration of the grant of the sale of News-Talk KFTK-F/FLORISSANT, MO-K254CR/ST. LOUIS and Top 40 KNOU (NOW 96.3)/ST. LOUIS from EMMIS to ENTERCOM; ALLMAN challenged the grant after he was fired from KFTK by ENTERCOM for a tweet about PARKLAND survivor DAVID HOGG.

ALLMAN claimed that ENTERCOM’s actions under an LMA constituted taking undue control over the station’s operations before the sale was completed, but the Commission said in a letter decision that ALLMAN’s filing failed to meet the standards to establish standing in the case, and noted that his proper remedy is in court, a remedy which he has already exercised by suing ENTERCOM and EMMIS. The letter, from Audio Division Chief ALBERT SHULDINER, also said that ALLMAN was a contract employee of ENTERCOM at the time of his firing and that an LMA broker “is entitled to employ its own personnel at the brokered station, as long as such employees are subject to the ultimate control of the station licensee.  Accordingly, his termination by ENTERCOM does not evidence a premature transfer of control.”