Two Florida Pirates Face FCC Justice
August 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM (PT)
THe FCC has fined MIKHAIL RHODD $10,000 for operating a pirate FM station in LAUDERDALE LAKES, FL and has reached a Consent Decree with another alleged pirate broadcaster, ALEX ALCIME (aka DJ SHORTDOGG), who will pay $350 in a "voluntary contribution" to the U.S. Treasury for operating an unlicensed FM station from his FORT MYERS, FL home. RHODD never responded to the Commission's Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture; ALCIME pleaded an inability to pay and saw his fine reduced to the Consent Decree amount.
In addition, the Commission has proposed a $7,000 fine against WKLC, INC. (L.M. COMMUNICATIONS) for failing to timely file a License to Cover Application and engaging in unauthorized operation of Active Rock WKLC-F/ST. ALBANS-CHARLESTON, WV. After its tower was destroyed, WKLC obtained a permit to build a new antenna at the site of FOX affiliate WVAH-TV, and built the facility but failed to file for a license to cover until almost four years after the permit expired. The Commission dismissed the late application (filed this MAY 23rd) and proposed the fine, and granted the station an STA to operate while refiling its application.