FCC Fine Friday: Public File Problems, Pirates Popped
January 26, 2007 at 12:13 PM (PT)
The FCC hits several CLEAR CHANNEL stations with fines for missing issues/programs lists in their public files, including WRNY-A/ROME, NY; WUTQ-A/UTICA; WADR-A/REMSEN, NY; WSUS/FRANKLIN, NJ; and WHCY/BLAIRSTOWN, NJ ($4,000 each), and WUMX/ROME, NY and KPLV/LAS VEGAS ($10,000 each). The Commission, however, also granted the stations' license renewals.
The FCC also has nailed EVERALD OLIVER BROWN with a $600 fine for operating a pirate FM on 95.9 in ORLANDO. The fine was reduced from $10,000 due to an inability to pay.
Similarly, the Commission has fined ORESTE ABREU $500 (reduced from $10,000) for operating a pirate station ("RADIO UNCION Y FUEGO") at 91.7 FM in GURABO, PR.
Another pirate hit with an FCC fine is ELROY SIMPSON, who gets a $10,000 fine for running an unlicensed station at 102.3 FM in BROOKLYN, and KACY R. RANKINE also gets a $10,000 fine for running a pirate on 90.1 FM in NEWARK.
The FCC has also fined A RADIO COMPANY INC. $8,000 for having an incomplete public file at its WEGA-A/VEGA BAJA, PR, and has hit UNIQUE BROADCASTING LLC with a $4,000 fine for operating KKJW/STANTON, TX after its license had expired.