Equity Communications Hit With $30,000 In FCC Fines
September 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM (PT)
EQUITY COMMUNICATIONS LP has been fined $10,000 for fencing violations at Oldies WCMC-A/WILDWOOD, NJ and $20,000 for painting and lighting violations at its simulcast partner Oldies WMID-A/ATLANTIC CITY.
At WCMC, a portion of the station's fence surrounding the base of the tower was missing after Hurricane SANDY hit the shore. "Although there were remnants of a fence," the Commission wrote, "the portion of the fence that remained did not restrict access to the base of the antenna structure." EQUITY asked for a reduction or cancellation of the fine due to immediate efforts to bring the station into compliance and a history of compliance with the rules, but the Commission decided that EQUITY's action to remedy the breach of the rules was not "as promptly as was practicable under the circumstances."
At WMID, the paint was chipped and faded and a gate to the tower was unlocked. Despite assurances in MAY 2010 that the violations would be corrected, they were all observed repeating in NOVEMBER of the same year by an FCC agent.