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FCC Says FM Station Willfully Violated Rules

Station given notice of forfeiture of $3,000 for failing to file an application on time

An FM station is facing a $3,000 forfeiture for allegedly failing to file a license renewal application on time.

The Audio Division of the Media Bureau issued the forfeiture to Jones Communications, licensee of WVFG(FM) in Uniontown, Ala. Federal Communications Commission rules say that license renewal applications must be filed by the first day of the fourth full calendar month prior to the expiration of the license. In WVFG’s case, that means that the renewal application should have been filed by Dec. 2, 2019, since the station’s license expired on April 1, 2020. The FCC said that the application was not filed until Feb. 10, 2020 and the licensee provided no explanation for the delay.

[Read: Four Stations Receive Forfeitures for Same Alleged Violation: Late Filings]

The bureau reached out to Jones in February with an initial notice and gave the licensee 30 days to pay the full amount or file a written statement seeking reduction or cancellation of the proposed forfeiture. As of June 11, the bureau said the licensee has neither paid the proposed forfeiture or filed a written statement in response to the notice.

In assessing forfeitures, the FCC looks at the Communications Act of 1934 to determine the nature, circumstances and gravity of the violation. As a result, the commission said that the licensee owed $3,000.