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Brian A. Dodge

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WHAZ

HQ Phone:  (518) 237-1330

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WHAZ

30 Park Avenue

Cohoes, New York, 12047

United States

Company Description

WHAZ has been on the air for 84 years! One of the nations oldest radio stations and one of a handful still using its original call letters from 1922, we are WHAZ. In an article which appeared in the newsletter of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the ori...more

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President

WTIJ Broadcasting


Principal

Harvest Broadcasting Association


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The Brian Dodge Complaint

Transmitted herewith on behalf of Carter Broadcasting Gorporation are an original and four copies of a Complaint and Request for Investigation which is being filed with respect to Brian A. Dodge and Harvest Broadcasting Association.
Brian A. Dodge Harvest Broadcasting Association Carter Broadcasting Corporation ("Carter Broadcasting"), through counsel, hereby requests that the Commission commence an investigation of the activities of Harvest Broadcasting Association ("HBA") and HBA principal Brian A. Dodge to determine the fitness of HBA and Mr. Dodge to be Commission licensees. Carter Broadcasting Corporation ("Carter Broadcasting"), through counsel, hereby requests that the Commission commence an investigation of the activities of Harvest Broadcasting Association ("HBA") and HBA principal Brian A. Dodge to determine the fitness of HBA and Mr. Dodge to be Commission licensees. As will be shown below, Brian Dodge, operating through the sham entity known as Harvest Broadcasting Association, has routinely and flagrantly violated the Commission's rules. In particular, Mr. Dodge has (1) engaged in unauthorized transfers of control, (2) operated a translator station in a manner inconsistent in almost every particular with the terms of that station's authorization, and (3) violated Section 74.1232 of the Commission's rules by operating a chain of translator stations in the name of "LOVE Radio" that rebroadcasts the signals of Albany, New York area stations far beyond the 1 mV/m contour of those stations while maintaining a business relationship with those stations. The conclusion is inescapable that Mr. Dodge and HBA have no regard for the Commission's rules and have adopted a course of conduct that evidences a contempt for the Commission's processes and the rule of law. The Commission no longer has any choice but to cease its toleration of Mr. Dodge's activities. It must institute an investigation of those activities and commence the proceedings necessary to revoke the authorizations that have been issued to HBA and Brian Dodge and to impose a substantial forfeiture on both HBA and Mr. Dodge. II. The Chimerical World of Brian Dodge. It is thus apparent that We Trust in Jesus Broadcasting, Inc., Harvest Broadcasting and Harvest Broadcasting Association are mere alter egos for Brian A. Dodge. Despite this fact, HBA has consistently misled the Commission by failing to disclose that Mr. Dodge is the real party in interest behind HBA. According to the re-registration application filed with the New Hampshire Department of State on May 24, 1995, the trade name is owned by Brian Dodge and WTIJ Broadcasting. Its March 24, 1997 newsletter describes Brian Dodge as being "our founder" and the person behind LOVE Radio. 44 Recently, LOVE Radio moved its headquarters. The March 24, 1997 LOVE Radio newsletter reflects an address of P.O. Box 2401, Brattleboro, Vermont. As can be seen from the "Application for Addition to Checklist" that is attached hereto as Exhibit HH 45, Brian Dodge uses that post office box as his mailing address and he has advised the town of Brattleboro that his principal dwelling place is at 93 Landmark Drive, Brattleboro, Vermont. Although HBA has not informed the Commission of a change in its mailing address, the Petition to Deny filed with the Commission by HBA with respect to one of the Cardwell translator applications recited a mailing address for HBA of 93 Landmark Drive in Brattleboro, the very same address as Brian Dodge's. Mr. Dodge has ample reason to hide his involvement in HBA. First, Mr. Dodge is a convicted felon, having been convicted by the State of Vermont as the result of an automobile accident in which a person was killed. A copy of that conviction as supplied by the court is attached hereto as Exhibit II. That conviction was affirmed on appeal in State v. Dodge, 567 A.2d 1143 (VT 1989). Second, Mr. Dodge has outstanding character issues against him as a result of his failure to provide the Commission with accurate and updated information concerning his broadcast interests. See Laqueth Fleming, 3 FCC Rcd. 3712, 3714 (1988). Third, certain of Mr. Dodge's activities are currently under investigation by the Commission. See Rothschild Broadcasting, Inc. , 10 FCC Rcd. 7226, 7227n.6 (1995). Each of these three matters could easily lead to the disqualification of any entity in which Mr. Dodge is involved. Even if they can each be explained away, however, their mere existence would subject any application in which Mr. Dodge has an ownership interest to petitions to deny and, even if such petitions were not filed, would result in a delay in processing such applications while the Commission addressed these various issues. Mr. Dodge's execution of applications on behalf of HBA, Mr. Dodge's representations to the State of New Hampshire with respect to his ownership of the trade name "Harvest Broadcasting Association", the commonality of addresses used by HBA, Brian Dodge and LOVE Radio, the fact that Mr. Dodge's LOVE Radio provides programming over several of the HBA translators and Mr. Dodge's involvement in HBA's Petition to Deny and related pleadings with respect to the Cardwell translators all conclusively demonstrate that Brian Dodge is the real party in interest behind HBA. Mr. Dodge's execution of applications on behalf of HBA, Mr. Dodge's representations to the State of New Hampshire with respect to his ownership of the trade name "Harvest Broadcasting Association", the commonality of addresses used by HBA, Brian Dodge and LOVE Radio, the fact that Mr. Dodge's LOVE Radio provides programming over several of the HBA translators and Mr. Dodge's involvement in HBA's Petition to Deny and related pleadings with respect to the Cardwell translators all conclusively demonstrate that Brian Dodge is the real party in interest behind HBA. Mr. Dodge's execution of applications on behalf of HBA, Mr. Dodge's representations to the State of New Hampshire with respect to his ownership of the trade name "Harvest Broadcasting Association", the commonality of addresses used by HBA, Brian Dodge and LOVE Radio, the fact that Mr. Dodge's LOVE Radio provides programming over several of the HBA translators and Mr. Dodge's involvement in HBA's Petition to Deny and related pleadings with respect to the Cardwell translators all conclusively demonstrate that Brian Dodge is the real party in interest behind HBA. As a result, the Commission should commence an investigation to determine whether HBA and Mr. Dodge hold the requisite qualifications to be Commission licensees. The FCC's records, however, disclose that no translator has been licensed to Brian Dodge, LOVE Radio or HBA in the Westfield/Springfield area on 92.1 MHz. Although the translator application was filed in the name of Mr. Kenny, the engineering portion of that application was prepared by Brian Dodge. Thus, once again, a situation arises where Mr. Dodge is instrumental in the preparation of a translator application, LOVE Radio claims that it is "our" translator and LOVE Radio programs that translator. It should be noted, however, that the biography of Brian Dodge distributed by LOVE Radio recites that Mr. Dodge at one point was instrumental in establishing radio facilities in a number of Mid-Western States, including Missouri. 47 While the connection between Mr. Dodge and Mr. Kenny is somewhat unclear, the fact is that Mr. Dodge, quite literally, has left his fingerprints all over the Westfield translator. 47 While the connection between Mr. Dodge and Mr. Kenny is somewhat unclear, the fact is that Mr. Dodge, quite literally, has left his fingerprints all over the Westfield translator. Mr. Dodge thus prepared the application for the Westfield translator, supplies the programming for the Westfield translator, and is the person who is in charge of its continued operation. That Mr. Dodge has taken over control of the translator (if indeed, he did not have control from the beginning) is now clear. Nevertheless, no assignment or transfer application was ever filed with respect to the Westfield translator. Under such circumstances, it is clear that Brian Dodge and LOVE Radio have been involved in an unauthorized transfer of control of the Westfield translator. Those pictures reveal not only the note in Mr. Dodge's handwriting that is referenced above, but also the model number of the transmitter and the meter reading. Brian Dodge and LOVE Radio not only took over control of a translator without Commission approval, but they operated that translator in a manner that was blatantly unlawful. If the Commission is to forestall future activities of this type, it must take action by finding Mr. Dodge, LOVE Radio and HBA unfit to be Commission licensees and to impose a significant forfeiture. Mr. Dodge unlawfully assumed control over HBA. In a 1993 decision, the Commission staff found that Mr. Dodge had engaged in an unauthorized transfer of control of the license for WKBR(AM). The staff issued a Notice of Apparent Liability to the licensee as a result of Mr. Dodge's activity. 48 Apparently, however, that Commission action has not dissuaded Mr. Dodge from continuing his unlawful activities. It is time for the Commission to take effective action against Mr. Dodge so as to insure that he abides by the Communications Act and the Commission's rules in the future. 49 IV. HBA is in Violation of Section 74.1232 of the Commission's Rules. Although contrary to the explicit requirements of Section 74.1251, Brian Dodge a/k/a LOVE Radio, a/k/a HBA, changed the input frequencies utilized by W221AP, W232AJ, W240AM, W288AN, and W288AZ (the "LOVE Radio Translators") so that those translators now retransmit programming originated by WHAZ, an AM station licensed to Troy, New York. LOVE Radio's newsletter is no less than an admission that LOVE Radio which, like HBA, is nothing more than a trade name under which Brian Dodge operates, switched primary stations in order to permit a violation of Section 73.1232 to take place. 51 In attendance were Brian Dodge and Paul Lotters, who is the General Manager of the WHAZ stations and the President of the licensee of those stations. As the LOVE-A-THON continued, Brian Dodge set forth the translator stations in the LOVE Radio Network over which the WHAZ programming was being broadcast: That Brian Dodge considers LOVE Radio and HBA to be all the same entity is evidenced by a later comment made by him during the course of the LOVE-A-THON: During the course of the LOVE-A-THON, Brian Dodge explained that the LOVE Radio Network would be able to reach up to half a million people for a dollar an hour "with the help and the partnership of WHAZ. Similar references to the arrangement with WHAZ were made by Mr. Dodge throughout the LOVE-A-THON: "What a great opportunity to nave a partnership with WHAZ . . .". "We have a new feed and what a great partnership between WHAZ and LOVE Radio . . .". Finally, at the end of the LOVE-A-THON on March 14, 1997, Mr. Dodge explained the nature of his "partnership" with WHAZ: Mr. Dodge's words clearly articulate the relationship between LOVE Radio and the WHAZ stations. It is a partnership. It is a partnership whereby advertising revenues are being split. This arrangement is a direct violation of Section 74.1232 inasmuch as it is a situation wherein the licensee of the primary station is providing support for the translators retransmitting the primary station's signal. Moreover, even if Mr. Dodge could claim in good faith that he is not the real party in interest behind HBA, the arrangement with WHAZ is clearly unlawful. Mr. Dodge is in partnership with WHAZ. Even if the HBA ownership information on file with the Commission could be taken at face value, it would indicate that Mr. Dodge's mother, Etta Dodge, is a principal in HBA. The flow of funds from the WHAZ/Dodge partnership to Etta Dodge thus would violate Section 74.1232 even if Brian Dodge were not the real party in interest behind HBA. The LOVE-A-THON, however, provides yet further evidence that Mr. Dodge is the real party in interest behind HBA. In short, the LOVE-A-THON is nothing but a reaffirmation of the fact that HBA is merely an alter ego for Brian Dodge. As has been explained above, Brian Dodge has been thumbing his nose at the Commission for years. He takes over control of translators. He operates transmitters with facilities far in excess of that authorized. He extends the signal of translators far beyond that permitted by the Commission's rules. His hubris knows no bounds. If any further evidence of Mr. Dodge's total disregard for the Commission's rules were required, such evidence has now been provided in the proceeding whereby a permittee of a new facility in Farmington, New Hampshire, will be selected. A total of nine applications were filed for that allocation during the window that closed on April 7, 1997. Each of the engineering exhibits for the three applicants was prepared by Brian Dodge. 57 Discussions with Mr. Bartlett have revealed that reasonable assurance for each of the three applicants was obtained by Brian Dodge. The Local Public File for each of the three applicants was established by Brian Dodge who, using a single covering letter to accompany all three applications, and operating under the name of "Harvard Broadcasting Services" wrote to the Assistant Town Clerk of Farmington, New Hampshire, to ask her assistance in maintaining the Local Public File. A copy of that letter is attached hereto as Exhibit QQ. It is now clear that Mr. Dodge has lifted his sights. Not content with making a mockery of auxiliary services, he now seeks to exercise the same legerdemain he has used so successfully to circumvent the Commission's translator rules to obtain a full service facility. The time has come for the Commission to tell Mr. Dodge that enough is enough. The integrity of the Commission's processes are at risk. The Commission should forthwith commence an investigation of Mr. Dodge, HBA and LOVE Radio to determine whether any of these entities, or any other entity associated with Mr. Dodge, is entitled to be a Commission licensee. The letter was signed by Mr. Brian Dodge. A copy of that letter has been attached to the foregoing That inquiry came from Brian Dodge and was made in a telephone call to Mr. Bartlett by Mr. Dodge. That inquiry came from Brian Dodge and was made in a telephone call to Mr. Bartlett by Mr. Dodge.


North East RadioWatch: July 17, 1997

Brian Dodge has applied for renewal for his network of translators across northern New England, but he may not have anything to carry on them.
Capital Media Corporation, the owner of WHAZ (1330 Troy) and WMYY-FM (97.3 Schoharie NY), has sent Dodge a letter informing him that his permission to rebroadcast WMYY on his translators is being revoked at month's end.


The Brian Dodge Complaint

Transmitted herewith on behalf of Carter Broadcasting Gorporation are an original and four copies of a Complaint and Request for Investigation which is being filed with respect to Brian A. Dodge and Harvest Broadcasting Association.
Brian A. Dodge Harvest Broadcasting Association Carter Broadcasting Corporation ("Carter Broadcasting"), through counsel, hereby requests that the Commission commence an investigation of the activities of Harvest Broadcasting Association ("HBA") and HBA principal Brian A. Dodge to determine the fitness of HBA and Mr. Dodge to be Commission licensees. Carter Broadcasting Corporation ("Carter Broadcasting"), through counsel, hereby requests that the Commission commence an investigation of the activities of Harvest Broadcasting Association ("HBA") and HBA principal Brian A. Dodge to determine the fitness of HBA and Mr. Dodge to be Commission licensees. As will be shown below, Brian Dodge, operating through the sham entity known as Harvest Broadcasting Association, has routinely and flagrantly violated the Commission's rules. In particular, Mr. Dodge has (1) engaged in unauthorized transfers of control, (2) operated a translator station in a manner inconsistent in almost every particular with the terms of that station's authorization, and (3) violated Section 74.1232 of the Commission's rules by operating a chain of translator stations in the name of "LOVE Radio" that rebroadcasts the signals of Albany, New York area stations far beyond the 1 mV/m contour of those stations while maintaining a business relationship with those stations. The conclusion is inescapable that Mr. Dodge and HBA have no regard for the Commission's rules and have adopted a course of conduct that evidences a contempt for the Commission's processes and the rule of law. The Commission no longer has any choice but to cease its toleration of Mr. Dodge's activities. It must institute an investigation of those activities and commence the proceedings necessary to revoke the authorizations that have been issued to HBA and Brian Dodge and to impose a substantial forfeiture on both HBA and Mr. Dodge. II. The Chimerical World of Brian Dodge. It is thus apparent that We Trust in Jesus Broadcasting, Inc., Harvest Broadcasting and Harvest Broadcasting Association are mere alter egos for Brian A. Dodge. Despite this fact, HBA has consistently misled the Commission by failing to disclose that Mr. Dodge is the real party in interest behind HBA. According to the re-registration application filed with the New Hampshire Department of State on May 24, 1995, the trade name is owned by Brian Dodge and WTIJ Broadcasting. Its March 24, 1997 newsletter describes Brian Dodge as being "our founder" and the person behind LOVE Radio. 44 Recently, LOVE Radio moved its headquarters. The March 24, 1997 LOVE Radio newsletter reflects an address of P.O. Box 2401, Brattleboro, Vermont. As can be seen from the "Application for Addition to Checklist" that is attached hereto as Exhibit HH 45, Brian Dodge uses that post office box as his mailing address and he has advised the town of Brattleboro that his principal dwelling place is at 93 Landmark Drive, Brattleboro, Vermont. Although HBA has not informed the Commission of a change in its mailing address, the Petition to Deny filed with the Commission by HBA with respect to one of the Cardwell translator applications recited a mailing address for HBA of 93 Landmark Drive in Brattleboro, the very same address as Brian Dodge's. Mr. Dodge has ample reason to hide his involvement in HBA. First, Mr. Dodge is a convicted felon, having been convicted by the State of Vermont as the result of an automobile accident in which a person was killed. A copy of that conviction as supplied by the court is attached hereto as Exhibit II. That conviction was affirmed on appeal in State v. Dodge, 567 A.2d 1143 (VT 1989). Second, Mr. Dodge has outstanding character issues against him as a result of his failure to provide the Commission with accurate and updated information concerning his broadcast interests. See Laqueth Fleming, 3 FCC Rcd. 3712, 3714 (1988). Third, certain of Mr. Dodge's activities are currently under investigation by the Commission. See Rothschild Broadcasting, Inc. , 10 FCC Rcd. 7226, 7227n.6 (1995). Each of these three matters could easily lead to the disqualification of any entity in which Mr. Dodge is involved. Even if they can each be explained away, however, their mere existence would subject any application in which Mr. Dodge has an ownership interest to petitions to deny and, even if such petitions were not filed, would result in a delay in processing such applications while the Commission addressed these various issues. Mr. Dodge's execution of applications on behalf of HBA, Mr. Dodge's representations to the State of New Hampshire with respect to his ownership of the trade name "Harvest Broadcasting Association", the commonality of addresses used by HBA, Brian Dodge and LOVE Radio, the fact that Mr. Dodge's LOVE Radio provides programming over several of the HBA translators and Mr. Dodge's involvement in HBA's Petition to Deny and related pleadings with respect to the Cardwell translators all conclusively demonstrate that Brian Dodge is the real party in interest behind HBA. Mr. Dodge's execution of applications on behalf of HBA, Mr. Dodge's representations to the State of New Hampshire with respect to his ownership of the trade name "Harvest Broadcasting Association", the commonality of addresses used by HBA, Brian Dodge and LOVE Radio, the fact that Mr. Dodge's LOVE Radio provides programming over several of the HBA translators and Mr. Dodge's involvement in HBA's Petition to Deny and related pleadings with respect to the Cardwell translators all conclusively demonstrate that Brian Dodge is the real party in interest behind HBA. Mr. Dodge's execution of applications on behalf of HBA, Mr. Dodge's representations to the State of New Hampshire with respect to his ownership of the trade name "Harvest Broadcasting Association", the commonality of addresses used by HBA, Brian Dodge and LOVE Radio, the fact that Mr. Dodge's LOVE Radio provides programming over several of the HBA translators and Mr. Dodge's involvement in HBA's Petition to Deny and related pleadings with respect to the Cardwell translators all conclusively demonstrate that Brian Dodge is the real party in interest behind HBA. As a result, the Commission should commence an investigation to determine whether HBA and Mr. Dodge hold the requisite qualifications to be Commission licensees. The FCC's records, however, disclose that no translator has been licensed to Brian Dodge, LOVE Radio or HBA in the Westfield/Springfield area on 92.1 MHz. Although the translator application was filed in the name of Mr. Kenny, the engineering portion of that application was prepared by Brian Dodge. Thus, once again, a situation arises where Mr. Dodge is instrumental in the preparation of a translator application, LOVE Radio claims that it is "our" translator and LOVE Radio programs that translator. It should be noted, however, that the biography of Brian Dodge distributed by LOVE Radio recites that Mr. Dodge at one point was instrumental in establishing radio facilities in a number of Mid-Western States, including Missouri. 47 While the connection between Mr. Dodge and Mr. Kenny is somewhat unclear, the fact is that Mr. Dodge, quite literally, has left his fingerprints all over the Westfield translator. 47 While the connection between Mr. Dodge and Mr. Kenny is somewhat unclear, the fact is that Mr. Dodge, quite literally, has left his fingerprints all over the Westfield translator. Mr. Dodge thus prepared the application for the Westfield translator, supplies the programming for the Westfield translator, and is the person who is in charge of its continued operation. That Mr. Dodge has taken over control of the translator (if indeed, he did not have control from the beginning) is now clear. Nevertheless, no assignment or transfer application was ever filed with respect to the Westfield translator. Under such circumstances, it is clear that Brian Dodge and LOVE Radio have been involved in an unauthorized transfer of control of the Westfield translator. Those pictures reveal not only the note in Mr. Dodge's handwriting that is referenced above, but also the model number of the transmitter and the meter reading. Brian Dodge and LOVE Radio not only took over


The Archives @ BostonRadio.org: Other Radio Resources

The full text of Carter Broadcasting's complaint against religious translator operator Brian Dodge


North East RadioWatch: May 29, 1997

W221AP was relaying Brian Dodge's "Love Radio" network from WGLV (104.3 Hartford VT), and is just the latest in a long string of cases in which Dodge has been caught breaking the FCC's rules.


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