Incomplete Public File Garners WKCR $10,000 Fine
It appears Columbia
University in New York City is on the hook for $10,000 for documents missing
from the public inspection file of WKCR(FM).
station also came close to having its license renewal granted for a short-term
The case is unusual
because WKCR said on its renewal application that since its transmission
facilities on the World Trade Center were destroyed on 9/11, the station has
faced operating difficulties and has been transmitting from “various temporary
locations” and with reduced coverage area.
truthful on its license renewal application, admitting WKCR’s public file was
incomplete. It said the quarterly issues/program lists were not missing
deliberately but inadvertently.
In its decision, the
FCC said the missing files occurred over the entire eight-year period of the
license, including a four-year period before its transmission facilities were
determined WKCR’s violations to be “serious” and made up a pattern of abuse of
the FCC’s rules.
commission would not normally designate the renewal application for a hearing
under these circumstances but it would still grant a short-term renewal in the
meantime. However the Media Bureau decided not to do that here because WKCR is
due to file its next renewal application Feb. 1, 2014.
The commission has
decided that overall, WKCR has served the public interest during its license
term. That’s why it will grant the renewal separately once the forfeiture
has 30 days to appeal the penalty.