FCC Fines Texas AM For Power, Studio Violations
January 17, 2008 at 11:47 AM (PT)
CLARO COMMUNICATIONS gets slapped with an $8,000 fine by the FCC for main studio and power violations now-silent KBRN-A/BOERNE, TX (near SAN ANTONIO). The Commission said that it caught the station failing to power down at sunset, and that the station was operating without a permanent, manned main studio, but instead housed unconnected equipment in the back room of a hair salon and was in reality running from a computer at the transmitter. The fine was reduced from $11,000 based on the station's history of compliance.
The Commission also denied ALVIN LOU MEDIA, INC.'s Petition for Reconsideration of a ruling that sent a new AM allocation for the LAS VEGAS market to auction, resulting in the grant of a construction permit to POWELL MEREDITH COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY; denied BEE BROADCASTING's appeal of the grant of a minor modification for ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.'s Variety KIBG (THE BIG 100)/BIGFORK, MT; and dismissed DAVIS BROADCASTING CO.'s contingent application seeking review of the settlement that saw one applicant for a new FM at CUSSETA, GA dismiss his application and the other grant an option to CUMULUS to buy the new facility.
The FCC additionally dismissed challenges by OWENS ONE (licensee of Country KUZZ-A/BAKERSFIELD), KGO-A/SAN FRANCISCO (for its sister Talk KSFO-A), and AMERICOM to the grant of a construction permit for a new AM at RENO, NV. PAMPLIN holds a permit for 1,000 watts daytime and 250 watts nights at 550 AM, and the challengers objected on interference and market coverage grounds.