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Texas AM Station Loses License for Unpaid Fees

The FCC says the owner missed payments for most of the past decade

An AM station in Texas has lost its license for failure to pay about $36,000 in regulatory fees that have accumulated over the past decade.

The Federal Communications Commission has revoked the license held by Bravo Broadcasting Company Inc. for KIRT(AM), a 1 kW daytimer on 1580 kHz in Mission, Texas.

In March, citing unpaid bills that began piling up in 2012, the Media Bureau and the Office of the Managing Director issued an order for the owner to pay or to show cause.

According to the commission, Bravo hasn’t replied nor paid. It said a copy of the order was sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, to the address on the station’s latest application for license renewal; tt was returned as undeliverable.

“It is licensee’s responsibility to make arrangements to ensure it receives correspondence from the commission,” the order states.

Thus the FCC has revoked the license of KIRT and says any operation must cease immediately. It added: “It is imperative to the safety of air navigation that any prescribed painting and illumination of the station’s tower be maintained.”

According to a Wikipedia listing the station had aired Spanish Christian talk.

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