FCC Fines Two Stations
December 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM (PT)
COCHISE BROADCASTING has been fined $7,000 by the FCC for main studio violations at KOMJ-A/OMAHA. The Commission found that KOMJ's main studio was not fully staffed; COCHISE accepted the finding and noted that it has established a new studio with receptionist and GM.
The Commission also adopted a consent decree with the UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM with a $1,000 "voluntary contribution" to the U.S. Treasury for public file violations at student-run WUMM/MACHIAS, ME, and granted only a short-term renewal of four years for the station. The file was missing quarterly issues/programs lists from JANUARY 2009 to MARCH 2013.
And the Commission dismissed ROY E. HENDERSON's petition for reconsideration and clarification of the grant of a reallotment of an FM channel from KEESEVILLE to MORRISONVILLE, NY. HALL COMMUNICATIONS appealed, and the FCC ruled that the Media Bureau's reallocation of the channel was inconsistent with the rule stating that a vacant FM or TV allotment will not be removed if an applicant expresses an interest in building a station at the original allotment. HENDERSON, not a party to the proceeding, asked whether that ruling prevents changes in coordinates for allotments; the Commission said that a clarification is unnecessary and that the rule does not apply to coordinate changes, only to reallotments, class downgrades, or deletions.