Former Owner Of Yellowstone AM Fined By FCC For Main Studio Violations
March 28, 2006 at 8:52 AM (PT)
ALPINE BROADCASTING gets slapped with a $7,000. fine for main studio staffing violations at Oldies daytimer KWYS-A (BIG 92 AM)/WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT, which it formerly owned.
An inspection by an FCC agent in 2004 found the main studio locked during business hours and a real estate agent across the hall who was listed as the contact for access allegedly said that the station was run remotely from KETCHUM, ID and nobody from the station had been at the studio in months. ALPINE had claimed that the company had wound down its affairs and a fine would be unenforceable, and denied the claims of the agent about remote operation but acknowledged that the station had been off the air between JANUARY and MAY 2004. The station has since been sold to CHAPARRAL BROADCASTING.