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When Agents Knocked, Florida Station Denied Access

FCC says licensees must make stations available for inspection during hours of operation

A West Palm Beach radio station has been notified that its staff members committed a violation after agents from the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau were denied access to the radio station.

On March 15, 2022, agents from the Miami field office attempted to inspect radio station WDZP(LP) in West Palm Beach, Fla. A broadcast station licensee is required to make the station available for inspection by FCC representatives at any time a station is in operation. Even after showing their badges and credentials to two different station representatives, the agents were denied access, the bureau said.

When reached by telephone, the station’s owner also refused to make the station available for inspection by the agents, despite receiving several reminders that FCC licensees must allow for inspections such as these, the bureau said. 

(Photo via WDZP homepage)

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On its web page, Radio Mondiale 101.1 FM describes itself as the voice of the Haitian community from Boca Raton to Jupiter, Fla. 

In a recently issued Notice of Violation, the bureau asked licensee WDZP Media to submit a written statement within 20 days explaining the actions of the station’s staff and clarifying how and when the situation will be rectified.

That statement must include a signed and dated response submitted under penalty of perjury by an authorized officer of WDZP Media. The letter also clarified that the Enforcement Bureau may decide to take further action against the station, including issuance of a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture.