Tower Light Turnoff Nets FCC Fine For South Dakota Station
June 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM (PT)
The FCC has proposed a $10,000 fine against DUHAMEL BROADCASTING ENTERPRISES for lighting violations at the three-tower array of News-Talk KOTA-A/RAPID CITY, SD.
DUHAMEL told the Commission that it thought lighting was not required for the middle tower of the array, based on an FAA informal opinion, but the FCC disagreed. Lights on the tower were turned off in 2005.
Commission Files Brief In Appeal Of NCE FM Grant
The Commission also filed another brief with the U.S. District Court for the DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA against the appeal by MARY V. HARRIS FOUNDATION of a court ruling upholding the grant of a new noncommercial FM in upstate NEW YORK to HOLY FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS, INC. over the appellant. The case revolves around the FCC's process for mutually exclusive applications changing in the middle of processing the applications, giving the parties an opportunity to add information to their applications to conform to the new points system. HARRIS , which sought a fair distribution preference because of its second noncommercial educational service to 9.46 percent of its population, appealed the Commission's ultimate decision. The FCC's latest brief again argues that its fair distribution threshold is lawful and that it did not abuse its discretion in denying a waiver of that preference for HARRIS not quite achieving the 10% second noncommercial educational service threshold, and that the appeal was untimely and the court lacks jurisdiction as a result.