FCC Fines Station For Staying On After License Expired
July 17, 2008 at 4:11 PM (PT)
The FCC has issued a $10,000 fine on CHRISTIAN FAMILY NETWORK, INC., former licensee of Religion daytimer WOLY-A/BATTLE CREEK, MI, for engaging in unauthorized operations of the station after its license expired. The station failed to file a license renewal, says it could not file electronically because it has no computer, and cannot pay the fine; it filed for Special Temporary Authority to continue operations but continued to broadcast despite never receiving the STA. The Commission is warning that the station faces further sanctions if it does not cease operation.
The Commission has also denied BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.'s Petition for Reconsideration of the denial of a change of community of license of Oldies WKFB-A/JEANNETTE-PITTSBURGH to NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA and similarly denied a petition by FORT BEND BROADCASTING COMPANY to reconsider the denial of a proposed change of community of license for Classic Country WLDR-A (now Talk WJNL-A)/KINGSLEY, MI to GARFIELD TWP., MI. The denial of the changes was based on leaving JEANNETTE and KINGSLEY without local service; the applicants claimed that the prohibition of leaving a town without service does not apply to AM stations.
And the Commission granted the application of SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF NEW ENGLAND, LLC. for the renewal of license for Adult Standards WBAE-A (THE BAY)/PORTLAND, ME. Listeners LORA LELAND and ANNE ZEVICH challenged the renewal because, they claimed, the station promised to air its "MUSIC OF YOUR LIFE" format with "all music, all the time," but preempts the music for PORTLAND SEA DOGS minor league baseball play-by-play and, on simulcast WVAE-A/BIDDEFORD, ME, BOSTON RED SOX games. The commission noted that it does not get involved in such programming decisions.