Two AM Stations, Two $10,000 Fines
stations, one in Pennsylvania, one in Ohio, face $10,000 penalties from the FCC
in unrelated cases.
issued a notice of apparent liability to Taylor Broadcasting, which owns
WJTB(AM) in Elyria, Ohio, for allegedly failing to maintain a management and
staff presence at its main studio.
It said agents
visited to inspect in March 2010 but found the main studio locked and apparently
empty. According to the FCC, a “Ms. Taylor” drove up and identified herself but
told them they’d have to talk to a “Mr. Taylor” and gave them his phone number;
they were unable to reach him or gain access to the studio. Later, after the
FCC wrote a letter of inquiry, the company replied that its
personnel do not work specific days and times, but rather are “scheduled as
needed” — and that the agents should have pushed the entry buzzer, according to
the commission summary. But when FCC agents returned in August, they again
found the door locked, with no one answering knocks, and no entry buzzer.
Broadcasting’s claim that station personnel are “scheduled as needed” has not
resulted in a meaningful management and staff presence at its main studio, the
FCC has ruled. The base fine for such cases
is $7,000 but the commission set the penalty at $10,000, saying Taylor’s
“continued failure to comply with the commission’s main studio requirements
even after being advised …demonstrates
a deliberate disregard for the rules.”
separate enforcement action, the FCC has issued a $10,000 NAL to Curran
Communications and its station WPAM(AM) in Pottsville, Pa., for problems with
its quarterly issues/programs lists.
The FCC said it visited in August of 2011 and found that
the station was missing 20 quarterly issues/programs lists in its public file,
all the lists since its renewal application was granted in 2006. “The agent
asked the station’s chief operator if any of the quarterly radio issues program
lists were available,” the FCC wrote. “The chief operator responded that the
station does not maintain such records.”
both of these cases the broadcasters have 30 days to appeal for reduction or