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FCC Upholds Three Multi-Thousand Dollar Fines

Agency says violations involve nonworking EAS gear, transmitter move

Three fines against radio owners have progressed to forfeiture orders, one for $22,000 and two for $10,000 each.

In all three cases, the FCC said the licensees did not respond to the original notices about the proposed fines. Therefore, this week the commission upheld all the penalties, which have now progressed to forfeiture orders. Payment is due in 30 days.

R. J.’s Late Night Entertainment Corp. is the licensee of Class D noncom WHPR(FM), Highland Park, Mich. In October 2011, the Detroit office of the Enforcement Bureau proposed a $22,000 fine against the licensee for moving the transmitter without permission, not having working EAS equipment and not maintaining a public file. The initial fine was levied in February.

The FCC upheld a fine against KM Radio of Independence for not having working EAS equipment at KQMG(AM/FM), Independence, Iowa.

The Kansas City office of the Enforcement Bureau said in its decision the station didn’t have the required obstruction lighting on its tower, was not operating with its authorized transmitter out power and did not maintain nor make available a public inspection file.

The case involving WJTB(AM), Elyria, Ohio follows a similar theme. The Enforcement Bureau’s Detroit office fined licensee Taylor Broadcasting $10,000 in February for failure to maintain a management and staff presence at WJTB’s main studio.