FCC Considers Revoking Oklahoma Station's License
September 18, 2006 at 11:43 AM (PT)
The FCC has set a hearing to determine whether TERRY KEITH HAMMOND is qualified to be and remain a Commission licensee, and whether HAMMOND's license for Oldies KBKH (MONSTER FM)/SHAMROCK, TX (east of AMARILLO near the OKLAHOMA border) should be revoked or renewed. The issues include HAMMOND's felony conviction for check fraud at the station before he bought it, and the station's commencement of operation from a new facility without FCC authorization.
The Commission also raised questions of lack of candor in applications and EAS violations at the station, and designated the issues for hearing before an Administrative Law Judge and ordered HAMMOND to show cause why his license should not be revoked. A fine of up to $325,000. has also been included among the issues to be determined.
HAMMOND has disputed the felony conviction and part of the station's website is devoted to challenging the "joke trial" and the jury's conclusions, complaining that he was "falsely accused and found guilty of stealing from the radio station that he, as an individual, owns."