FCC Fines Four Stations
June 30, 2011 at 10:35 AM (PT)
COLBY-SAWYER COLLEGE has been fined $10,000 by the FCC for public file violations at noncommercial WSCS/NEW LONDON, NH. The Commission rejected the licensee's argument that the fine should have been reduced or canceled because the station is noncommercial and student-run and is planning preventative measures.
The FCC also reduced a $7,000 fine against PITTSFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL COMMITTEE for a late license renewal at noncommercial WTBR-F/PITTSFIELD, MA to $5,600 due to a history of compliance.
And LA TREMENDA RADIO MEXICO, INC. has been fined $4,000 for unauthorized operation of Spanish Variety KZUE-A/EL RENO, OK and has been admonished for filing its license renewal late.
Also, VISION LATINA BROADCASTING has been hit with a proposed $25,000 fine by the FCC for main studio staffing and public file violations at Spanish Religion KBPO-A/PORT NECHES, TX. The station's main studio in PORT ARTHUR, TX was unmanned when an FCC agent tried to inspect it on DECEMBER 2, 2010; a week later, only an announcer was present, acknowledging that there was no manager at the station. Some of the required contents of the public file were also missing. On a third inspection, three employees told the agent that the President of the company was still in MEXICO and would not return until the following month, and refused to allow a public file inspection.