EAS Tone In Spot Earns Indiana Station $46,000 Penalty
December 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM (PT)
A day after announcing a warning against STEPHANIE MILLER's production company for putting an EAS tone in a radio promo (NET NEWS 12/9), the FCC is showing again that it's getting tough on those who air unauthorized EAS tones, hitting PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS with a $46,000 penalty in a consent decree settling a case in which PATHFINDER's News-Talk WTRC 95.3 MNC)/NILES, MI aired a spot with an EAS tone.
The case involved a spot for a "storm chasers" tour that included activation tones for the EAS system. PATHFINDER admitted to airing the spot after a NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE employee complained.
Montana Licensee Settles Failure To Pay Previous Fine
In another consent decree, KALISPELL CHRISTIAN RADIO FELLOWSHIP, INC. has agreed to make a "voluntary contribution" of $3,000 to the U.S. Treasury to settle nonpayment of previous fines for late license renewal applications in 2005 for Religion KALS/KALISPELL, MT and K257BR/POLSON, MT. The Commission hit the licensee with a $14,000 fine which was appealed and reduced to $7,500, but that amount was not paid.