FCC Renews High School Station's License After Consent Decree For Violations
October 9, 2015 at 12:26 PM (PT)
The FCC entered a consent decree restoring and renewing the license of ATLANTIC CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION for noncommercial WAJM (JAMMIN' 88.9)/ATLANTIC CITY and, in doing so, rejected PRESS COMMUNICATIONS' bid to swap the frequency of its Hot AC WBHX (FUN 107.1, simulcast of WWZY)/TUCKERTON, NJ with EQUITY COMMUNICATIONS' Top 40/Rhythmic WZBZ (99.3 THE BUZZ)/PLEASANTVILLE-ATLANTIC CITY.
WAJM, the ATLANTIC CITY HIGH SCHOOL station, was found to have violated several rules including logging requirements, public file rules, and multiple engineering requirements, but as a first-time student-run-station offender, settled for a $1,500 fine for those violations and an additional $4,750 for unauthorized operation after expiration of the license and operation at variance from the station's authorized facilities. PRESS' application was predicated on WAJM's license being deleted, thus allowing the frequency swap, but the renewal of WAJM mooted the PRESS proposal.