FCC Fine Fest Continues
January 29, 2007 at 12:08 PM (PT)
The FCC denies ED STOLZ's PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS' petition for reconsideration of a $12,000 fine for EAS and main studio violations at Top 40 KRCK/MECCA-INDIO-PALM SPRINGS, CA. The licensee claimed that ongoing litigation would impact its ability to pay the fine, but the Commission said that it bases its decisions on gross revenues and looked at STOLZ's financial documentation in determining that the company could pay the fine.
The Commission also denied the appeal of DAVID MICHAEL OAKS, fined $10,000 for operating a pirate station on 98.1 FM in BEAVERTON, OR (he claimed that he was using wireless equipment to send material to different rooms of his apartment and had attempted to turn the power down), reduced MARK A. CLAY's fine for running a pirate FM on 98.1 in HUNTINGTON, WV to $250, and reduced to $12,480 a fine on BLOUNTSTOWN COMMUNICATIONS for EAS, public file, and antenna enclosure violations at WYBT-A and WPHK/BLOUTSTOWN, FL. MILWAUKEE BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS OFFICE was also issued a proposed $1,000 fine for public file violations at WYMS/MILWAUKEE.
And the FCC issued several proposed $1,500 fines against stations for late license renewals while granting said renewals anyway. The proposed fines are against WLVV INC. (WLVV-A/MOBILE, AL); BRIAN ROTHELL (WCHM-A/CLARKESVILLE, GA); RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY INC. (K210AY/BORGER, TX); FLORALA BROADCASTING COMPANY (WKWL-A/FLORALA, AL); CHAPPELL COMMUNICATIONS LLC (WHIE-A/GRIFFIN, GA); SANCHEZ COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION (K233AK/HANALEI, HI); BROWN BROADCASTING SYSTEM INC. (WBKZ-A/JEFFERSON, GA); PARTNERS FOR CHRISTIAN MEDIA INC. (WBDX/TRENTON, GA); IMANI COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION INC. (WBFZ/SELMA, AL); and UA-ASU-TSU EDUCATIONAL RADIO CORPORATION (WAPR-A/SELMA, AL).