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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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Janice Huff, Otis Livingston Among McDonald’s Black Media Legends

As February began, so did Black History Month. On Tuesday, McDonald’s Tri-State Area Restaurants held their annual Black Media Legends luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

This year’s class includes WCBS/Channel 2 sports anchor Otis Livingston (far right), WNBC/Channel 4 meteorologist Janice Huff, WABC/Channel 7 anchor Sade Baderinwa, and veteran NY1 anchor Lewis Dodley.

As Black Media Legends, the inductees were awarded a trophy. They are also part of the Faces of Black History poster, given free at the more than 600 area McDonald’s throughout February.

The list of other honorees after the jump.

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Tom Joyner Returns to Mornings on Kiss FM/WRKS

From 2001 to 2003, the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show aired on Emmis-owned WRKS/Kiss FM.

But, after being dropped in favor of building a local presence in the morning, Joyner (far right) and company are returning to 98.7 Kiss FM.

Starting on February 7, Joyner, along with J. Anthony Brown, and Sybil Wilkes will be heard on Kiss from 6 to 10 a.m.

This time around, though, Joyner’s show will include Bob Slade, the veteran WRKS news director, as part of the on-air team.

Since comedian D.L. Hughley was dropped from his morning duties last August, Emmis management was left to ponder their next move.

“I am excited to welcome Tom Joyner to the KISS family,” Jill Strada, WRKS program director, says,  ”Tom’s a radio veteran whose work ethic and dedication to empowering the Black community is a perfect fit with KISS FM’s culture.  Together we are going to do some BIG things in the big apple.”

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KISS FM Holding Coat Drive This Friday

As the holiday season gets into full swing, WRKS 98.7 KISS FM is holding a coat drive this Friday, December 3 at the Regal Cinemas in Union Square.

The 8th Annual KISS Cares Coats Drive, in conjunction the New York Cares Coat Drive, invites listeners to donate new or gently used coats to help those less fortunate stay warm during the winter months.  

Many KISS members, and special guest Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, will join in the live broadcast from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As additional incentives, EZ Pawn Corp. will match 25 cents for every coat given in, and donors receive prizes while supplies last.