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Texas LPFM Issued Forfeiture for Late-filed Application

FCC issued the fine to Holy Spirit Oil Filled Ministry

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a monetary forfeiture to a Texas LPFM licensee for failing to file a license renewal application on time.

The $1,500 fine is to Holy Spirit Oil Filled Ministry, licensee of low-power FM station KERC(LP) in Kermit, Texas.

FCC rules require stations to file for renewal application at least four months before their license expiration date, which for Holy Spirit was April 1, 2021. The Media Bureau said an application was not filed until May 13 and the licensee hasn’t explained why.

Soon after the bureau sent a notice of apparent liability for forfeiture and gave Holy Spirit 30 days to pay or reply. To date, the bureau said, the licensee has done neither.

The bureau has now determined that Holy Spirit willfully violated the rules and it confirmed the $1,500 forfeiture.