FCC Proposes Fine Against WQBQ/Leesburg, FL For Public File Violations
June 16, 2016 at 1:49 PM (PT)
RAMA COMMUNICATIONS has been hit with a proposed $15,000 fine and short-term license renewal by the FCC for public file violations at Oldies WQBQ-A (THE Q)/LEESBURG, FL.
ROBERT E. BORIS filed a Petition to Deny the station's license renewal for his being denied access to the station's public file and told to return that afternoon, then found the file incomplete when he did so and was denied the opportunity to make copies; the licensee claimed that the petition was "payback" for their not hiring BORIS, and asserted that the file was "in order" and they turned him away because the staff was "on the air." But the Commission said that a station cannot require the public to make appointments or return at another time to see the public file, and cannot block the public from making copies of the file contents. The Commission also noted that the station "apparently failed to timely prepare a single issues/programs list over the entire license term, an eight-year period."