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$10K Fine Against an LPFM Progresses to Forfeiture Order

FCC says KEIF didn’t try to get penalty reduced. Can it collect?

A $10,000 fine for Enid Public Radio Association, licensee of low-power FM radio station KEIF(LP), Enid, Okla., has progressed to a Forfeiture Order.

The penalty, originally issued in July 2010, was for airing commercials rather than underwriting announcements and for operating at an antenna height greater than authorized. Another broadcaster, Chisholm Trail Broadcasting Co., had complained to the commission about the violations.

The commission took the next step in April, saying KEIF hadn’t disputed the findings nor tried to get the fine reduced or cancelled. Therefore it has no basis on which to change the proposed penalty and must impose the total fine of $10,000.

The station was given until this week to pay or the case may be turned over to the Justice Department for collection.

In 2010 a local newspaper reported on the station’s history and past practices. Read that account here.