Tower Lighting, Public File, Time Brokerage Violations Draw FCC Penalties
January 9, 2015 at 1:42 PM (PT)
Stations are expected to keep the lights on at their towers, and three broadcasters who allegedly didn't do so have received fines.
KEMP BROADCASTING, INC. was fined $8,000 (reduced from $14,000 due to a history of compliance and evidence of corrective measures) for lighting violations at a tower in MOAPA, NV; DUHAMEL BROADCASTING ENTERPRISES got the same penalty ($8,000, reduced from $10,000 for a history of compliance) for lighting problems at a tower in RAPID CITY, SD; and OHANA MEDIA GROUP was fined $6,000 (reduced from $10,000 for good faith compliance efforts) for lighting deficiencies at a tower in ANCHORAGE, AK. A wireless company, ACS WIRELESS, INC., was also fined $8,000 for lighting violations at a tower in EAGLE RIVER AK.
In addition, the Commission entered a consent decree with FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY settling public file violation allegations at noncommercial student station WDJM/FRAMINGHAM, MA with a $1,200 civil penalty and a compliance plan.
And HOOSIER BROADCASTING CORP. and INTER MIRIFICA, INC. also agreed to a consent decree under which they will collectively pay a $50,000 penalty for a time brokerage agreement and $2.5 million purchase option for Religion WSPM/CLOVERDALE, IN that violated FCC rules with excessive payments.