After an exhaustive fiftyone rounds of competitive bidding, the FCC’s FM Spectrum Auction 98 came to a close August 6, 2015. Of the 131 FM frequency allocations made available, 102 have provisionally winning bidders resulting in a total of $5,083,700 in gross revenue for US Treasury. The highest bid of $714,000 was made by The Erie Radio Company for FM frequency 100.9 in Westfield, NY. A bidding war between Maxium Media Group of Boca Raton, FL and Rufus Resources LLC. of Karnes City, Texas. resulted in Rufus being declared winner of three FM allocations in Texas. The FM frequency allocations are located in Smiley, Texas., Hebbronville, Texas, and Christine Texas.
The new 99.1 FM in Christine, Texas is a 25,000 watt C-3 allocation serving an area south of San Antonio near Pleasanton and Floresville, Texas. The Smiley, Texas FM allocation on 103.9 FM will serve an area from Victoria to Wilson County. The Hebbronville, Texas FM allocation on 104.3 FM will serve an area from Tilden, Texas to Rio Grande City, Texas. With the addition of these new FM frequencies, Rufus’s No Bull Radio Network will now have seven radio stations with coverage heard over most of South Texas.
Rufus Resources LLC’s Managing Member David Martin Phillip owns a Real Estate firm and Enduring Oil Exploration LLC and currently controls a cluster of four South Texas commercial broadcasting radio stations, which are located in Kenedy KCAF 92.1 FM, Beeville KIBL 1490 AM, Pearsall KMFR 1280 AM, and Dilley KVWG 95.3 FM. Rufus Resources LLC was assisted and represented in this complicated government auction by Francisco R. Montero, Managing Partner of the Law Firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC, Arlington, Virginia.