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Two Stations Are Fined for Late Renewals

Neither explained why they missed their deadlines

An AM radio station in Arizona and an LPFM in California are both facing fines from the FCC for failure to file for license renewal on time.

Sonora Broadcasting, licensee of KAPR(AM) in Douglas, Ariz., has been issued a $3,000 forfeiture. Its renewal was due by June 1, 2021, but wasn’t received until late September.

The commission says Sonora didn’t provide an explanation. In fact, when the commission issued a notice of apparent liability, the station neither asked for reduction nor wrote back.

In a separate but similar case, Minds of Business Inc., licensee of low-power FM station KMOB in Clearlake, Calif., has been fined $1,500. Its renewal application was due Aug. 1 of last year but not filed until late November. 

In this instance as well, the station didn’t explain and didn’t write back in response to an FCC NAL.

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