FCC Fines Pirate, LPFM
June 30, 2008 at 12:57 PM (PT)
The FCC has fined FRANK RODRIGUEZ $10,000 for "providing services and facilities incidental to the operation of an unlicensed radio transmitter" on 90.5 FM at PATERSON, NJ.
In addition, the Commission hit HALIFAX CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH, INC. with an $8,100 fine for exceeding power limits and operating an unauthorized repeater for its low power Oldies WFBO-LP/FLAGLER BEACH, FL. The station, licensed for 36 watts at 93.3 FM, was operating with 106 watts instead and also operating a repeater on 92.7 FM without a license. The station has since moved to 97.7 FM with 31 watts.
And the FCC has granted a license to cover for LOGOS BROADCASTING CORP. noncommercial Contemporary Christian KLFF-F (K-LIFE)/SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA over the objections of RADIO REPRESENTATIVES INC., which claimed that LOGOS misrepresented the availability of the tower site proposed in its application for extension of time to construct the station, misrepresented the programming it would air, is unqualified as a noncommercial licensee due to its programming, lacked financial qualification, and violated RF limits. The Commission found that the statement by LOGOS that the original tower site was unavailable was demonstrably false but issued a warning rather than a fine or other action; it also determined that LOGOS did not have reasonable assurance of financing when it applied for the license, but again issued an admonishment rather than a fine or other punishment, and said that there was no evidence of an intent to deceive.