Alabama Cluster Fined for Public File

The FCC also has upheld a $12,000 fine on Wilson Broadcasting, with stations in Columbia and Dothan, Ala., for “willful and repeated” violations of its rules on maintaining public inspection files.
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The FCC also has upheld a $12,000 fine on Wilson Broadcasting, with stations in Columbia and Dothan, Ala., for “willful and repeated” violations of its rules on maintaining public inspection files.

The stations are WJJN(FM) and WAGF(AM/FM), which share one main studio. When an agent visited in January, “The stations’ owner produced a single file for all three stations,” the commission stated. “That file contained a file for Issues/Programs lists that contained one document labeled Issues/Programs and dated March 2003. The three stations’ owner admitted that he had not compiled the Issues/Programs lists since March 2003, and no material for any of the lists was readily available at the co-located main studio.” The fine was $4,000 per station.

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