WXEL community members put up a first rate effort to keep WXEL local at the Board of Education meeting in Miami December 17. About a dozen people from the WXEL community spoke at the meeting, urging the Board to deny the transfer because Classical South Florida is local in name only.
All arguments fell on deaf ears. The Board of Education completely sidestepped the license transfer issue. Instead, the Board chose to address and vote on the very narrow issue of approval of Barry’s request to sublease part of the WXEL building Classical South Florida for one year. They unanimously approved the sublease, leaving one final obstacle for Classical South Florida to acquire WXEL radio — FCC approval.
At the end of December, Barry filed an application with the FCC to transfer the WXEL FM license. That gives opponents just 30 days — until January 28 — to make their case.
The FCC does solicit public input as part of its license transfer/renewal process. If interested in participating in the public comment process, contact WXEL CAB Vice-chair Joan Starr at 561.392.5911.