FCC Proposes Fines Against Three Stations, Dismisses New Station's Downgrade Plans
February 28, 2012 at 4:06 AM (PT)
The FCC has proposed a fine of $4,500 against HACIENDA SAN ELADIO, INC. for failure to notify the Commission of the change in ownership of an antenna structure for Spanish Religion WRRE-A/JUNCOS, PR. The station was sold along with the tower to HACIENDA in 2003 but the tower's ownership records at the FCC were not updated.
The Commission also has dismissed NAVAJO TECHNICAL COLLEGE's petition to downgrade its construction permit for a new noncommercial FM at CROWNPOINT, NM and request for additional time to build the facility. The college won the permit in a comparative hearing but then discovered that a misunderstanding over a grant it won from the PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES PROGRAM did not coincide with the time period it had to build the station, and proposed a downgrade that the FCC says runs counter to the population service that won the college the permit in the first place. The permit expired on AUGUST 5, 2011.
The Commission has also proposed a $4,000 fine against SUPER W MEDIA GROUP for operating Regional Mexican WIPC-A (SUPER W 1280)/LAKE WALES, FL at variance with its authorization. The FCC says that the station was caught failing to power down and change pattern at night, a problem that the station's owner/president said was due to equipment failure.
And the Commission proposed a $10,000 fine against WJZT COMMUNICATIONS, LLC for public file violations at Sports WTSM (97.9 ESPN)/WOODVILLE-TALLAHASSEE, FL. The station's file was missing quarterly issues/programs lists for some quarters.
Also, an application by WOLF RADIO, INC. to operate temporary facilities for WWLF-F/OSWEGO, NY has been granted. The STA covers temporary operation with sub-Class A parameters at the site of WVOA/MEXICO, NY; the authorized WWLF facilities were destroyed by a wind storm that hit the tower with estimated 70-100 mph winds.