Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
Approved by OMB
3060-0386 (July 2002)
FOR FCC USE ONLY
 
Extension of Existing Engineering STA

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FOR COMMISSION USE ONLY
FILE NO.

BEDSTA - 20110919AFC
Section I - General Information
1. Legal Name of the Applicant
YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.
Mailing Address
C/O BROOKS, PIERCE, ET AL.
P.O. BOX 1800

City
RALEIGH
State or Country (if foreign address)
NC
Zip Code
27602 -
Telephone Number (include area code)
9198390300
E-Mail Address (if available)
MPRAK@BROOKSPIERCE.COM
FCC Registration No
0003475464
Call Sign
KPLO-TV
Facility ID Number
41964
2. Contact Representative (if other than licensee/permittee)
MARK J. PRAK
Firm or Company Name
BROOKS, PIERCE, ET AL.
Mailing Address
P.O. BOX 1800

City
RALEIGH
State or Country (if foreign address)
NC
ZIP Code
27602 -
Telephone Number (include area code)
9198390108

E-Mail Address (if available)
MPRAK@BROOKSPIERCE.COM
3. Purpose:
Engineering STA
Extension of Existing Engineering STA         File Number: BDSTA - 20100212AAH
Legal STA
Extension of Existing Legal STA         
4. Service: DS 
5. Community of License:
City: RELIANCE     State: SD
6. If this application has been submitted without a fee, indicate reason for fee exemption (see 47 C.F.R. Section 1.1114):
Governmental Entity Noncommercial Educational Licensee/Permittee Other
N/A (Fee Required)
7.
Please explain in detail the "extraordinary circumstances" which warrant temporary operations at variance from the Commission's Rules. In addition, please specify 1)the specific rules and/or policies from which the applicant seeks temporary relief; 2) how the public interest will be furthered by grant; and 3) the expected duration of the STA and the licensee's plan for restoration of licensed operation. If requesting variance with other than authorized technical facilities, please specify the exact facilities sought
[Exhibit 36]
8.
Anti-Drug Abuse Act Certification. Applicant certifies that neither applicant nor any party to the application is subject to denial of federal benefits pursuant to Section 5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, 21 U.S.C. Section 862.
Yes No

I hereby certify that the statements in this application are true, complete, and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and are made in good faith. I acknowledge that all certifications and attached Exhibits are considered material representations.
Typed or Printed Name of Person Signing
DEBORAH A. MCDERMOTT
Typed or Printed Title of Person Signing
PRESIDENT
Signature
Date (mm/dd/yyyy)
09/19/2011

WILLFUL FALSE STATEMENTS ON THIS FORM ARE PUNISHABLE BY FINE AND/OR IMPRISONMENT (U.S. CODE, TITLE 18, SECTION 1001), AND/OR REVOCATION OF ANY STATION LICENSE OR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (U.S. CODE, TITLE 47, SECTION 312(a)(1)), AND/OR FORFEITURE (U.S. CODE, TITLE 47, SECTION 503).



Exhibits
Exhibit 36
Description:
FURTHER EXTENSION REQUEST

NARRATIVE FOR FURTHER EXTENSION REQUEST, SEPTEMBER 2011: THE PARAMETERS SOUGHT IN THE INSTANT EXTENSION REQUEST ARE IDENTICAL TO THOSE APPROVED IN THE INITIAL STA GRANT IN FILE NO. BDSTA-20100212AAH AND MOST RECENTLY EXTENDED IN FILE NO. BEDSTA-20110316AAJ. FOR CONVENIENCE, A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL ENGINEERING STATEMENT IS ATTACHED.

AS OF SEPTEMBER 2011, KPLO-TV HAS RETAINED THE SERVICES OF A CONSULTING ENGINEER TO BEGIN EVALUATING THE VIABILITY OF A PARTICULAR STATION RECONSTRUCTION PLAN. KPLO-TV AND ITS CONSULTANT BEGAN THE PROCESS OF GATHERING AND EVALUATING VERY PRELIMINARY DATA FOR THAT PLAN IN AUGUST 2011. EVALUATION OF THAT PLAN IS ONGOING, AND FURTHER DATA MUST STILL BE COMPILED AND ANALYZED. MOREOVER, AUTUMN IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING, AND IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR SOUTH DAKOTA TO SEE COLD WEATHER AND/OR SNOW AS EARLY AS OCTOBER. AS A RESULT, IT IS VIRTUALLY CERTAIN THAT ANY CONSTRUCTION FOR PERMANENT RESTORATION OF KPLO-TV WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMMENCE UNTIL 2012 AT THE EARLIEST (DEPENDING ON THE RESULTS OF THE EVALUATION AND ANALYSIS OF THE RECONSTRUCTION PLAN CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION, IT MAY STILL BE LONGER THAN THAT BEFORE CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES); THUS, THE STATION WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY FILE FOR A FURTHER EXTENSION OF STA IN THE SPRING OF 2012.

IN LIGHT OF THE STATION'S ONGOING EFFORTS TO FIND A VIABLE PLAN FOR PERMANENT RECONSTRUCTION OF THE FACILITY, AND PREFERABLY IN A MANNER THAT IS TOLERABLE FOR ALL INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS, FURTHER EXTENSION OF THE STA IS WARRANTED AND IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST SO THAT THE STATION CAN MAINTAIN SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC. THE LICENSEE IS AWARE THAT OPERATIONS PURSUANT TO STA ARE NOT PREFERRED BY THE COMMISSION AS A LONG-TERM SOLUTION. NONETHELESS, GIVEN THE NATURE OF THE ISSUES AND CIRCUMSTANCES UNDERLYING PERMANENT RECONSTRUCTION OF KPLO-TV'S TOWER (WHICH ARE KNOWN TO COMMISSION STAFF), THE LICENSEE RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS GRANT OF THIS FURTHER EXTENSION OF STA.





NARRATIVE FROM MARCH 2011 EXTENSION REQUEST: THE INSTANT STA EXTENSION REQUEST IS BEING FILED IN AN EFFORT TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC WHILE THE APPLICANT WORKS TOWARD PERMANENT RECONSTRUCTION OF KPLO-TV'S TOWER.

AS THE COMMISSION STAFF IS AWARE, THE LICENSEE OF KPLO-TV IS CONTINUING TO EVALUATE ITS OPTIONS FOR PERMANENT RECONSTRUCTION OF ITS TOWER (AND RESTORATION OF ITS FULL AUTHORIZED OPERATIONS). TO THAT END, MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CONVENED WITH VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE REPRESENTATIVES AND COMMISSION STAFF. THE LICENSEE IS CONTINUING TO WORK WITH ITS ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES CONSULTANT TO DETERMINE A FINAL PLAN. THE LICENSEE IS CURRENTLY EVALUATING MULTIPLE SITE OPTIONS. THE LICENSEE IS ACTIVELY WORKING TOWARD A SOLUTION BUT THERE ARE MULTIPLE ISSUES TO WORK THROUGH, AND, CONSEQUENTLY, THE PROCESS REMAINS ONGOING. THUS, IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE INSTANT STA EXTENSION REQUEST MIGHT NOT BE THE LAST EXTENSION REQUEST.

THE PARAMETERS SOUGHT IN THE INSTANT EXTENSION REQUEST ARE IDENTICAL TO THOSE APPROVED IN THE INITIAL STA GRANT IN FILE NO. BDSTA-20100212AAH AND SUBSEQUENTLY EXTENDED IN FILE NO. BEDSTA-20100915ABG. FOR CONVENIENCE, A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL ENGINEERING STATEMENT IS ATTACHED.




NARRATIVE FROM ORIGINAL STA REQUEST: BY NOTIFICATION DATED JANUARY 22, 2010, THE LICENSEE ADVISED THE COMMISSION THAT OPERATION OF KPLO-TV, RELIANCE, SOUTH DAKOTA, HAD BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO THE COLLAPSE OF THE STATION'S TOWER (ASR #1035406). IN AN EFFORT TO PUT THE STATION BACK ON THE AIR WHILE PLANNING THE STATION'S PERMANENT RECONSTRUCTION, THE LICENSEE HEREBY REQUESTS SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY TO OPERATE FROM A TEMPORARY TOWER LOCATED AT PRECISELY THE SAME LOCATION AS THE COLLAPSED TOWER. (OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION, THE FAA HAS BEEN NOTIFIED, BY SUBMISSION OF FORM 7460-1, OF THE PROPOSED TEMPORARY TOWER, WHICH WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY SHORTER THAN THE TOWER WHICH COLLAPSED. THE FAA HAS ASSIGNED THE REQUEST AERONAUTICAL STUDY NUMBER (ASN) 2010-AGL-599-OE.) ABSENT STA TO OPERATE PURSUANT TO THE PARAMETERS SPECIFIED HEREIN, THE STATION WOULD REMAIN DARK UNTIL THE PERMANENT FACILITY IS REBUILT, WHICH THE LICENSEE ANTICIPATES WILL TAKE APPROXIMATELY 6 MONTHS. THUS, GRANT OF THE INSTANT REQUEST WOULD SERVE THE PUBLIC INTEREST BY PROVIDING SERVICE TO A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE STATION'S VIEWERS. AS DESCRIBED IN THE ENGINEERING EXHIBIT ATTACHED TO THIS REQUEST, THE STA PARAMETERS ARE PREDICTED TO EXTEND MINIMALLY THE STATION'S CONTOUR IN ONE DIRECTION. BECAUSE THAT EXTENSION IS MINIMAL, WOULD NOT CAUSE IMPERMISSIBLE INTERFERENCE TO OTHER PROTECTED FACILITIES, AND IS PROPOSED ONLY IN AN EFFORT TO SERVE AS MANY VIEWERS OF THE LICENSED FACILITY AS POSSIBLE, THE LICENSEE RESPECTFULLY SUBMITS THAT THE MINIMAL EXTENSION PROPOSED SHOULD BE CONSIDERED DE MINIMIS AND REQUESTS THAT THE COMMISSION GRANT THE REQUEST AS PROPOSED.

Attachment 36
Description
KPLO-TV STA Engineering Exhibits 02-08-2010