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Licensing and Management System

Approved by OMB 3060-1240
September 2017
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(REFERENCE COPY - Not for submission)Transition Plan Progress Report

File Number:
0000095155
Submit Date:
01/06/2020
Call Sign:
WLS-TV
Facility ID:
73226
FRN:
0003471315
State:
Illinois
City:
CHICAGO
Service:
DTV
Purpose:
Transition Plan Progress Report
Status:
Received
Status Date:
01/06/2020
Filing Status:
Active


General Information

Section Question Response
Filing Information Filing Type Quarterly
Year 2019
Quarter Fourth Quarter
Attachments Are attachments (other than associated schedules) being filed with this application? No

Applicant Information

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Applicant Name, Type, and Contact Information

Applicant Address Phone Email Applicant Type

WLS TELEVISION, INC.

Doing Business As: WLS TELEVISION, INC.

John W. Zucker

77 W 66TH ST FL 16

NEW YORK, NY 10023

United States

+1 (212) 456-7387 john.w.zucker@abc.com Corporation

Authorization Holder Name

Contact Representatives (3)

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Contact Name Address Phone Email Contact Type

Susan Fox

The Walt Disney Company

425 3rd Street SW

Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20024

United States

+1 (202) 222-4780 Susan.Fox@disney.com Legal Representative

William J. Getz

Consulting Engineer

Carl T. Jones Corporation

7901 Yarnwood Court

Springfield, VA 22153

United States

+1 (703) 569-7704 wgetz@ctjc.com Technical Representative

Grace Kavadoy

ABC, Inc.

77 W 66th St., 16th FL.,

New York, NY 10023

United States

+1 (212) 456-6686 Grace.Kavadoy@disney.com Legal Representative

Permits and Tower Studies

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Section Question Response
Approval and Permits Does the Station require FAA approval (e.g., completion of FAA Form 7460-1 and a “No Hazard Determination”) in order to construct its post-auction facility? No
The Station has requested FAA approval for its post-auction facility.
The Station has received FAA approval for its post-auction facility.
Does the Station require Federal, State, and/or local permits, and/or a review of environmental impact, for its post-auction facility? Yes
Station has requested necessary Federal, State and/or local permits and/or review of environmental impact for its post-auction facility No
Please Explain:
WLS will require a city permit from Chicago Dept of Transportation (CDOT) for the helicopter lift of the main antenna. This will be applied for shortly before the lift is scheduled.
Station has received necessary Federal, State, and/or local permits and/or review of environmental impact for its post-auction facility
Tower Studies Are radio frequency (RF) studies required in order for the Station to construct its post-auction facility? No
RF studies have been started
RF studies have been completed
Are structural tower studies required in order for the Station to construct its post-auction facility? Yes
Structural tower studies have been started Yes
Structural tower studies have been completed No

Station Equipment

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Section Question Response
Station Equipment The Station has placed orders for the following equipment, if required:
Main Facility Antenna Yes
Main Facility Transmitter Yes
Main Facility Transmission line Not Applicable
Main Facility Mask Filter and/or RF Combiner Yes
Auxiliary antenna and related equipment Yes
Does the Station anticipate that it will receive all necessary equipment in time to meet the construction deadline for the Station’s main facility? No
Please Explain:
The main antenna delivery has been delayed until spring of 2020, WLS will operate on a temporary aux antenna until the permanent aux or main facility is completed.
Has Station received all required new broadcast equipment (antenna, transmitter, etc.) necessary to begin construction? No

Towers and Antenna

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Section Question Response
Towers Construction and Antenna Installation Does the Station's post-auction facility require tower construction/modification work? Yes
Does construction of the Station’s post-auction facility require construction of a new tower or substantial modification of an existing tower? No
Has all necessary tower work been scheduled?
Has all necessary tower work been completed?
Does the Station anticipate that all tower work, including antenna installation, will be completed in time to meet its construction deadline? No
Please Explain:
Due to logistical issues with other licensees and the site owner, our main antenna will be installed after the Phase 6 transition. An STA has been granted to use an existing broadband antenna as a temporary aux antenna
Auxiliary Antenna Does the Station require use of a new auxiliary antenna system? Yes
Has the Station started all outside tower work and made all necessary equipment upgrades to commence testing of its new auxiliary antenna system? Yes
Has the Station completed all outside tower work and made all necessary equipment upgrades to commence testing of its new auxiliary antenna system? No
Has the Station started testing on its new auxiliary antenna system?
Has the Station completed all testing on its new auxiliary antenna system such that it may now cease broadcasting on its pre-auction channel?
Post-auction Facility Has the Station completed all work, including construction, modification and/or installation, related to construction of its post-auction facility such that it is ready to begin testing on its post-auction facility? No
Has the Station completed all tower work? No
Has the Station completed all in-building (equipment) work? Yes
Does the Station have other issues that must be addressed before it can fully construct and/or operate its post-auction facility? Yes
Please Explain:
Construction of both our aux and main antennas are under the control of the Willis Tower building. Neither the main or auxiliary facilities will be completed before the Phase 6 transition date. WLS will make the transition date using an existing antenna
Has the Station completed all construction work on its post-auction facility that is necessary to complete an application for a license to cover that facility? No
Pre-auction Channel Has the Station ceased broadcasting on its pre-auction channel? Yes

Certification

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Section Question Response
General Certification Statements The Applicant waives any claim to the use of any particular frequency or of the electromagnetic spectrum as against the regulatory power of the United States because of the previous use of the same, whether by authorization or otherwise, and requests an Authorization in accordance with this application (See Section 304 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.).
The Applicant certifies that neither the Applicant nor any other party to the application is subject to a denial of Federal benefits pursuant to §5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, 21 U.S.C. §862, because of a conviction for possession or distribution of a controlled substance. This certification does not apply to applications filed in services exempted under §1.2002(c) of the rules, 47 CFR . See §1.2002(b) of the rules, 47 CFR §1.2002(b), for the definition of "party to the application" as used in this certification §1.2002(c). The Applicant certifies that all statements made in this application and in the exhibits, attachments, or documents incorporated by reference are material, are part of this application, and are true, complete, correct, and made in good faith.
Authorized Party to Sign

FAILURE TO SIGN THIS APPLICATION MAY RESULT IN DISMISSAL OF THE APPLICATION AND FORFEITURE OF ANY FEES PAID

Upon grant of this application, the Authorization Holder may be subject to certain construction or coverage requirements. Failure to meet the construction or coverage requirements will result in automatic cancellation of the Authorization. Consult appropriate FCC regulations to determine the construction or coverage requirements that apply to the type of Authorization requested in this application.

WILLFUL FALSE STATEMENTS MADE ON THIS FORM OR ANY ATTACHMENTS ARE PUNISHABLE BY FINE AND/OR IMPRISONMENT (U.S. Code, Title 18, §1001) AND/OR REVOCATION OF ANY STATION AUTHORIZATION (U.S. Code, Title 47, §312(a)(1)), AND/OR FORFEITURE (U.S. Code, Title 47, §503).

I certify that this application includes all required and relevant attachments. Yes
I declare, under penalty of perjury, that I am an authorized representative of the above-named applicant for the Authorization(s) specified above.

Craig Strom

Assistant Director of Engineering


01/06/2020

Attachments

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Information not provided.