FCC Proposes Fines Against Texas Station For Public File Violations
June 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM (PT)
The FCC has proposed a $15,000 fine against VISION LATINA BROADCASTING CO. for public file violations at Spanish Religion KBPO-A (RADIO VIDA)/PORT NECHES-BEAUMONT, TX. An FCC inspection found that the station's file had no quarterly issues/programs lists, and employees there indicate that they were unaware of the station ever having such lists. The file was adjusted upward from $10,000 because after the first violation, a subsequent inspection found that the problem had not been remedied.
Separately, the company was also fined $25,000 for falsely certifying that the lists had been subsequently placed in the files.
Fine Against Another Florida Pirate Proposed
In addition, the Commission has proposed a $15,000 fine against PIERRE NIXON JEAN for operating an unlicensed station, "EXITFM.COM," at 92.5 FM in WEST PALM BEACH.
Failure To Pay Under Consent Decree Draws Big Fine
A RADIO COMPANY, INC. never paid its $8,000 "voluntary contribution" to the U.S. Treasury under a Consent Decree with the FCC regarding tower fencing and public file violations at WEGA-A/VEGA BAJA, PR, so the Commission has hit the company with a $25,000 fine. A RADIO claimed an inability to pay but the Commission said that a Consent Decree violation is not mitigated by a claim of hardship.
The Commission also granted BLACK MEDIA WORKS, INC.'s application for a new noncommercial educational FM in COCOA BEACH, FL over the objections of CSN INTERNATIONAL and CENTRAL FLORIDA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, INC. The three were among four mutually-exclusive applicants for new noncommercial FMs in the CENTRAL FLORIDA area, and the objections arose from claims by the losing applicants that BLACK MEDIA WORKS was not entitled to points as an established local applicant.
In addition, the Commission denied CRANESVILLE BLOCK COMPANY, INC.'s appeal of the dismissal of its petition to reinstate deleted WKAJ-A/LITTLE FALLS, NY on procedural grounds without ruling on the merits, deciding instead that the petition was filed late and that a waiver of the procedural rules was not warranted in this case.