FCC Grants Native Group New Non-Commercial Radio Channel

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 04/05/2022 - 19:27

In a competition between two non-profits -- The Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association, and The Foundation for Economic Justice --- the FCC granted the Tribal Association a permit for a new non-commercial radio station for eastern San Diego County.  The channel represents the last non-commercial FM channel in the San Diego metro, with the possibility of "rimshoting" into San Diego proper from the high elevation of the proposed antenna. The judgment in picking the Tribal Associations' application for grant was based upon a waiver of the rules of the locality of the Tribal Association, which is technically not a tribe, but a nonprofit representing tribes in the Southern California area.  Otherwise, FEJ would have won the permit.  The decision can be viewed here.