FCC Fines Florida AM Over Public File Flap
August 15, 2016 at 11:43 AM (PT)
The FCC has formally fined RAMA COMMUNICATIONS $15,000 for public file violations at Oldies WQBQ-A (THE Q)/LEESBURG, FL, but has deleted its prior proposal to hit the station with a short-term renewal, although renewal will be withheld until the fine is paid.
In the case, ROBERT E. BORIS filed a Petition to Deny the station's license renewal because he said he was denied access to the station's public file upon a visit to the station's offices and was told to return that afternoon, then found the file incomplete when he did so and was denied the opportunity to make copies; RAMA's defense was that BORIS was filing the petition as "payback" for not getting a job there, and that the file was "in order" and he was turned away because the staff was on the air. The Commission ruled that appointments should not be necessary to see the file and stations must allow the public to make copies. The Commission also noted missing issues/programs list over the entire eight-year license term.