In closing, Potter's letter states, "I sincerely hope that you will take a close look at the connections between West Virginia Radio Corp. and AJG Corp., and that, if they are as connected as we believe them to be, you evaluate the assignment of WCLG and WCLG-FM as if West Virginia Radio Corp., and not AJG Corp., is the buyer."
Meanwhile, attorneys representing AJG and Bowers Broadcasting jointly sent a letter to the FCC calling for dismissal of IMG's complaint.
Arlington, Va., attorney Matthew McCormick, representing AJG, and Washington, D.C., attorney David Oxenford, representing Bowers Broadcasting, contend that the issue of an IMG affiliation agreement with WCLG is not a matter for the FCC to address.
"Obviously, whether or not Bowers Broadcasting entered into an affiliation agreement with IMG is not a matter of FCC concern. Also of no concern to the FCC is the dispute between WVRC, WVU, IMG and others regarding the rights to broadcast WVU games. That dispute does not involve parties to the applications at hand," the letter states.
The letter also disputes the assertion that West Virginia Radio Corp. controls AJG, and states that, "neither David Raese nor John Raese hold an attributable interest in AJG."
It states that Lauren M. Kelley Driscoll is the sole trustee of the AJG trust, and states that other than the trust, "Ms. Driscoll has no familial, personal, business or financial relationship with the grantors [the Raeses] or the beneficiaries."
(A footnote adds, "In the interest of full disclosure, AJG has reported previously to the FCC that Ms. Driscoll's father, Charles McGill, was chairman of the board of Greer Industries, Inc., a West Virginia corporation in which the Raeses have ownership interests.")
It also says the Gazette article should not have any weight in the FCC's review, noting, "The Commission has made clear time and time again that it will not take cognizance of allegations contained in newspaper articles in determining whether a substantial and material question has been raised as to an applicant's qualifications."
AJG Vice President and General Manager Jack Murphy Jr. could not be reached for comment Monday. Murphy previously was sales manager for West Virginia Radio.
According to the FCC records, AJG's offer to buy WCLG-AM/FM is for $1.8 million.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.