FCC Fines Another Florida Pirate
May 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM (PT)
The FCC has fined BALTHAZARD SENAT $10,000 for operating a pirate radio transmitter on 91.3 FM in ORLANDO.
In addition, the FCC has rescinded a change in shared-time hours between two low-power FMs, SIMPLY LIVING's WCRS-LP/COLUMBUS, OH and BEXLEY PUBLIC RADIO FOUNDATION's WCRX-LP/COLUMBUS. SIMPLY LIVING was given the hours of two other applicants for the same frequency who surrendered their authorizations; BEXLEY complained that the Commission erred in giving SIMPLY LIVING the hours when it had not gotten written authorization from the two other parties for the transfer of the hours. The Commission reverted the hours to the original agreement and has also granted SIMPLY LIVING's application to change the height of its antenna.
And a challenge to SAGA COMMUNICATIONS' modification of FM translator W277BS/ITHACA, NY on the grounds that it gives SAGA more signals than ownership caps would otherwise allow has been rejected. This challenge, similar to one rejected last week in a separate case against SAGA's W240CB/ITHACA, was filed by ROI BROADCASTING, INC., licensee of Top 40 WFIZ (Z95.5)/ODESSA, NY and the successor to FINGER LAKES RADIO GROUP, which filed the complaint over false certification of technical facilities that drew SAGA a $10,000 fine in the W240CB case.