FCC Fines Two Steckline Stations
May 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM (PT)
STECKLINE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. has been hit with two fines by the FCC, one in the amount of $20,000 for failure to have a fully staffed main studio, and failure to maintain and make available a complete public inspection file at Talk KYUL-A/SCOTT CITY, KS and the other $7,000 for antenna structure fencing violations at Talk KIUL-A/GARDEN CITY, KS.
Regarding KYUL, an inspection attempt by an FCC agent found no main studio and a public file at an insurance agency in SCOTT CITY which had not been updated since 2009; STECKLINE admitted that “there was no KYUL main studio on JULY 12, 2012,” and “the KYUL main studio became completely unstaffed in APRIL 2011.”
As for KIUL, a portion of the fence surrounding the station's antenna was observed to have fallen down, which STECKLINE attributed to storm damage; the company said that it had made temporary repairs which must have been knocked down by the wind.
The Commission also proposed a $9,000 fine against IGLESIA
CRISTIANA EBENEZER for missing EAS equipment and logs at low power FM KYLP-LP/GREENVILLE, TX.
JMK COMMUNICATIONS has been fined $7,000 for tower enclosure violations at Talk WPWC-A (WE ACT RADIO)/DUMFRIES, VA. The licensee had contended that the damage was caused by extensive flooding and that natural barriers prevented the public from access to the towers, but the Commission rejected the claim for lack of specific evidence.
The Commission also granted an upgrade and channel change for JESUS B. SALAZAR for his unbuilt KPMJ/MATADOR, TX, with a channel change for an open allocation at ROARING SPRINGS, TX to allow the change.