The FCC upheld a $10,000 fine proposed earlier against Multicultural Broadcasting for not having working nighttime red obstruction lighting on a four-tower array used by KWRU(AM), to serve Fresno, Calif.
The studio is in Fresno and the tower array is in Cutler.
The commission had proposed the fine in 2006. In its reply this January, Multicultural said it had made a good-faith effort to comply with the rule and asked for the fine to be reduced. The broadcaster said when it was inspected, KWRU was switching to a new tower lighting system, which was not yet working. An electrical failure at the site caused the outage, which was fixed a few days later, according to Multicultural.
However, the station had not told tell the FAA the tower lights were out; the local FCC office did.
The FCC said in its decision the lights on the array are supposed to burn continuously or be controlled by a light sensitive device. It rejected Multicultural’s claim and stated it would be more inclined to grant a reduction in the fine if the station had informed the FAA of the outage.