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FCC Rejects Challenge to Inner City-YMF Deal

The FCC stands firm, rejecting the challenges put forth regarding the bankruptcy sale of Inner City Broadcasting to creditor-owner YMF Media. Inner City has WLIB-AM and WBLS as part of its stable of 16 stations.

Brooklyn Councilman and talk show host Charles Barron and three others filed one claim with the FCC, while a separate petition was also rejected.

Barron’s petition alleged that the sale would “result in an unlawful reduction of programming geared toward Black and local audiences,” according to All Access.

Furthermore, Barron had contended that Fortess Investment Group had control of the new licensee and had violated alien ownership restrictions. Barron also charges that Fortress engaged in predatory and racially discriminating lending practices that led to the demise of Black-owned stations for its part as manager of the D.B. Zwirn hedge funds.

In its ruling, the Commission stated that Fortress does not have an attributable interest in YMF, and the FCC does not take programming decisions into consideration in approving sales.

In April, WBLS, founded in 1974, began to see the pendulum swing in its favor after KISS FM lost the 98.7 signal to ESPN. In the latest Arbitron ratings, WBLS climbed to second place.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Inner City Media, Owner of WBLS and WLIB, Reportedly Headed for Bankruptcy

Creditors for Inner City Media Corp, the owner radio stations WBLS and WLIB have filed an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.

Bloomberg News reports the creditors listed $254 million in debt in a filing Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.

Inner City purchased WLIB in 1970 and acquired WBLS two years later.

The company, with additional stations in California and South Carolina, features programming geared to black listeners.

Inner City was founded by the late Percy Sutton, a former Manhattan borough president, and a group of more than 50 African-American shareholders.

WBLS Operations Manager Skip Dillard Named Living Legend

The Living Legends Foundation is holding its 17th Annual Dinner Celebration on February 24.

Skip Dillard, the WBLS-FM/WLIB-AM Operations Manager is among this year’s honorees. Others being recognized for their career achievements are Russell Perry, President of Perry Publishing, and Mathew Knowles, President of Music World.

“I couldn’t have been more honored,” Dillard tells FishbowlNY. “I’ve attended the dinner many times and so many of my mentors have been honored.  It’s a very exciting time for me.”

Dillard joined Inner City’s ‘BLS and ‘LIB in February 2008.

The event takes place at New York’s Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street.