FCC Reduces Pirate's Fine, Affirms Louisiana Public File Fine
July 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM (PT)
The FCC has reduced the fine against CHRISTOPHER M. MYERS for operating a pirate station on 95.9 FM in LAUDERHILL, FL from $10,000 to $5,000. The reduction was based on inability to pay; the Commission rejected MYERS' argument that he was not liable because while he owned the condominium from which the station operated, he himself was not living there and merely leased the space to the people who ran the station.
In addition, the Commission affirmed an $8,000 fine against CITADEL's RADIO LICENSE HOLDING CBC, LLC for public file violations at now-silent WIBR-A/BATON ROUGE and Urban WEMX (MAX 94.1)/KENTWOOD-BATON ROUGE.
CITADEL also was involved in another ruling, in which the Commission rejected a Petition to Deny by GEORGIA EAGLE BROADCASTING and THOMAS B. DANIELS against the transfer of Urban WMGL (MAGIC 107.3)/RAVENEL-CHARLESTON, SC from the LAST BASTION STATION TRUST, LLC back to CITADEL's RADIO LICENSE HOLDING CBC, LLC. The petitioners had challenged the Commission's ruling that CITADEL could take the station back after modifying sister WNKT to move its community of license from ST. GEORGE to EASTOVER, SC and then modifying WNKT to change its frequency and move it from the CHARLESTON to COLUMBIA metro. The FCC rejected the argument that the transfer reflected that CITADEL had retained a reversionary interest in the station while it was in the trust.
And the Commission reinstated R&M BROADCASTING CO.'s license for Silent KJCB-A/LAFAYETTE, LA but proposed a $13,000 fine for a late license renewal application and subsequent unauthorized operation of the station. The Commission also granted a Technical STA for the station, allowing it to operate at a temporary site with a long-wire antenna. MIRACLE RADIO, INC. had objected to the reinstatement of the KJCB license and had applied for a frequency change and power increase for its WPNN-A/PENSACOLA, which was denied.