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Alabama Station Faces Fine for Late License Renewal

Autaugaville Radio Inc. received a notice of apparently liability

An Alabama broadcaster faces a $4,500 fine for not filing for license renewal on time.

The Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission issued the notice of apparent liability to Autaugaville Radio Inc., saying the broadcaster failed to file by the deadline required for seeking renewal of licenses for its AM station WXKD in Brantley, Ala., and its FM translator W292HL in Troy.

The applications for renewal should have been filed by April 1, the first day of the fourth full calendar month prior to the expiration dates for the licenses. The commission said the broadcaster eventually filed prior to license expiration, but that it did not explain its failure to meet the earlier deadline.

The company now has 30 days to pay, respond or appeal. The proposed fine consists of the full $3,000 base forfeiture amount for the AM and a reduced forfeiture of $1,500 for translator.

The Media Bureau found no other issues with the license renewal applications, which it indicated it plans to approve once the forfeiture proceeding is finalized.