Report: Purdue Stations Forgot To File For License Renewal
June 14, 2006 at 5:03 PM (PT)
PURDUE UNIVERSITY's noncommercial WBAA-A and WBAA-F/LAFAYETTE, IN has been operating without a valid license since 2004, reports the JOURNAL AND COURIER. The paper says that the station failed to file its renewal application in APRIL 2004 and the licenses expired on AUGUST 1, 2004; the college has been notified of the problem by the FCC and faces a fine and/or revocation for the failure to file.
VP for University Relations JOE BENNETT characterized the situation as a mixup and that Station Manager DAN SKINNER "filed everything on schedule two years ago when he was supposed to do it. DAN has documentation of everything he filed. It's unfortunate that their records are not showing it, but ours do." But the FCC's MICHAEL WAGNER told the paper that "as of AUGUST 2, 2004, these stations had no authority to be on the air." BENNETT said that the stations' WASHINGTON law firm, WILEY, REIN AND FIELDING, is working on the matter, and WAGNER said that he has spoken to the law fiem and "they know what to do to make it right."