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FCC Considering License Revocation for WMGA

FCC Considering License Revocation for WMGA

The FCC has begun a proceeding to determine whether to revoke the license of Radio Moultrie, Inc., for WMGA(AM), Moultrie, Ga. A possible $300,000 fine is pending as well. At issue is whether Moultrie transferred control of WMGA to Dixie Broadcasting, Inc. without prior authorization from the commission and for not responding to several FCC letters about the case.
The order includes an opportunity for a hearing to determine whether in addition to or as an alternative to license revocation and/or cease and desist order, monetary penalties should be imposed.
The commission states the licensee of record for WMGA is RMI. Yet the agency states it has information suggesting that DBI may have acquired the station’s assets yet can find no record that RMI sought or obtained commission approval for a license transfer.
DBI stated it planned to acquire the station and operate it until a sales price was agreed on. DBI and RMI entered into a time brokerage agreement so DBI could run the station, but DBI said they never agreed on a sales price.
RMI has 30 days to respond, stating it will appear at the hearing.

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