Oeta Files Application of Intent with FCC to Purchase Kgmc-TV

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An application of intent to operate KGMC-TV Channel 34 in Oklahoma City has been filed with the Federal Communications Commission by the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Foundation, it was revealed Wednesday.

The application was filed after a California broadcasting company offered to provide an additional $1 million toward the purchase of the station, with the offer contingent upon the company, Pappas Telecasting Companies of Visalia, Calif., completing the purchase of one of two other UHF stations in Oklahoma City.

The filing of the application with the federal commission and the $1 million offer from Pappas Telecasting was revealed Wednesday to the board of directors of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority by Bob Allen, executive director of the authority.

The $1 million offer had been confirmed Monday in the form of a letter from Dennis J. Davis, senior executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Pappas Telecasting, to the foundation's board of trustees.

Officials with Pappas Telecasting Companies were unavailable for further comment Wednesday.

Harry Pappas of Pappas Telecasting Companies is proposing a $30 million deal involving Oklahoma City's three independent television stations - KOKH-TV Channel 25, KGMC-TV Channel 34 and KAUT-TV Channel 43.

Pappas proposes acquiring KOKH-TV as a commercial station, selling KAUT-TV to a religious organization and selling KGMC-TV to the educational television authority, thereby making KOKH the only commercial UHF station in Oklahoma City.

The deal would enable the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority to have two educational television stations in the Oklahoma City area. If acquired, KGMC would be used for repeating many of KETA-TV Channel 13's normal programs in different time slots and for airing an expanded offering of college telecourses, Allen said.

Cities receiving KGMC via cable extend from Blackwell in the northern part of the state to Waurika in the southern part of the state and from Cheyenne and Sayre in the western part of the state to Bristow and Okemah in the east-central part of the state, according to a map distributed to the board by Allen. Goodwell, in the panhandle, also receives KGMC via cable.

Allen said owners of KGMC agreed to sell the station for $3.6 million, which is the amount of the station's debt. Pappas already had agreed to provide $2.6 million toward the purchase and now has agreed to provide the full amount.

Pappas proposed leasing space on the tower and room in the building to the educational television authority for $1 a year for 25 years. …