Jim Walls has an excellent story up about Chip Rogers’s failure to update the FCC on his purchase of a Cartersville radio station, as well as failing to inform GPB of his ownership in the station. The full story can be read here, but here’s an excerpt:
FCC records show WYXC-AM in Cartersville is licensed to Clarion Communications Inc., which bought the station in 2006
from Rogers, who financed $190,000 of the deal. Ownership records from 2011, the most recent on file with the FCC, name Cartersville businessman Chuck Shiflett and former Adairsville City Councilman Tommy Young as equal partners in Clarion.
Shiflett, though, said in an interview that he transferred his half-interest back to Rogers in January 2012. And the station’s public file shows that Rogers signed papers turning over management of WYXC to Detscher and the Underwoods in December 2012.
Shiftlett reminded Rogers in an email months ago that he was supposed to update the FCC, but he still hasn’t done it.
Walls indicates Rogers also didn’t tell GPB of his ownership interest, which Walls indicates he is required to do under their rules for outside employment. Rogers will likely say that this isn’t outside employment because he isn’t an employee of WXYC, he’s the owner. WXYC is a Fox News affiliate and is actually a competitor to the GPB station in the area, so he actually is competing directly with his employer. I’ll let the implications of that sink in.