Company's Attempt To Move Translators Into Miami Thwarted By FCC
May 25, 2011 at 1:06 PM (PT)
BROADCAST TOWERS, INC. has entered a Consent Decree with the FCC to settle a case in which the company was accused of violations of FCC rules in the operation and attempted move of several FM translators into the MIAMI market. The agreement includes the stipulation that the company cease broadcast operations in FLORIDA, shutting down its stations, dismissing all of its applications, and divesting W285EH/KEY WEST.
The company, owned by WILLIAM H. LACY, was accused of filing a series of minor change applications to move its FLORIDA KEYS translators, acquired in the MARCH 2003 filing window, north towards MIAMI. In each case, the applications specified a spot alongside a road as the transmitter spot; after getting a grant, LACY would drive to the location, park, set up a translator with a telescoping transmitter and portable generator, operate it for two to five hours once every 30 days to meet operational requirements, then pack up and leave, supsequently filing for a license to cover and then a new minor change application. CLEAR CHANNEL and SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM's WXDJ LICENSING, INC. complained about LACY's practice, and an investigation found no evidence that LACY had built stations at any of the sites. LACY responded by saying that he had "reasonable assurance" of site availability because the spots were public roads, parks, or parking lots.
The agreement does not involve a "voluntary contribution" because LACY provided documentation to show inability to pay.