FCC Launches Probe Of Radio Power, Inc.'s Move Of Translator To Milwaukee Market
February 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM (PT)
The FCC has launched an investigation of TIM MARTZ' RADIO POWER, INC. and its move, through several minor change applications, of FM translator W250BN/WEST ALLIS, WI into the MILWAUKEE market. The Commission, saying that it is looking into "potential statutory and rule violations and related instances of potential misrepresentation and/or lack of candor on the part of RADIO POWER, INC.," has directed the licensee to respond to a series of inquiries by 30 days from today.
The inquiries include whether, in each move, the applicant had a reasonable assurance of the availability of the proposed site, and providing documentation thereof; dates and times for operation of each facility; all documents relating to the operation of the facilities; statement of the primary station broadcast over the faciities; precise lengths of time that the translator was silent; statement of the "community which Licensee ultimately intends to serve and the primary station it intends to rebroadcast with the Station"; and all documents relating to the move.
RADIO POWER filed five consecutive applications to move the translator from BELOIT, WI to the MILWAUKEE antenna farm within less than two years, prompting the MILWAUKEE FREE RADIO GROUP to complain to the FCC.