FCC FInes Two L.A.-Area Pirate FM Operators $25,000
December 8, 2016 at 4:18 PM (PT)
The FCC has fined NELSON QUINTANILLA $25,000 for operating an unlicensed FM station on 95.1 FM in PANORAMA CITY, CA (in the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY).
An agent investigating a pirate FM on 95.1 found an antenna atop MINISTERIO INTERNACIONAL LUZ A LAS NACIONES church in PANORAMA CITY, for which a notice of unlicensed operation was issued to AURELIO GUTIERREZ, then, after it received no response, to another owner of the site, CALLIOPI ASH TRUST. The owner, after warnings, put the FCC in contact with the tenant, QUINTANILLA, who allegedly continued operation despite repeated warnings and two notices of unlicensed operation.
And the Commission fined IGLESIA EL REMANENTE FRATERNIDAD ELIM, INC. and BELARMINO LARA $25,000 for operating a pirate FM on 93.7 in ARLETA, CA, also in the VALLEY. The antenna was located on a house in the VALLEY, and warnings were issued; LARA's adult children contacted the Commission's LOS ANGELES office for information about the warnings. The station ceased operation in 2013 but started up again, and a complaint was lodged in 2015, resulting in a third notice and two field notices.