Incomplete Public File Garners KSSB Fine

Missing quarterly issues/program lists trip up California FM
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Missing quarterly issues/program lists trip up California FM

Continuing a flurry of enforcement announcements this week, the FCC fined Lazer Licenses, licensee of KSSB(FM), Calipatria, Calif., $8,000 for not maintaining its public inspection file.

During a main studio inspection in April 2010, San Diego field agents found several required issues and program lists missing. The FCC says the GM told them the station manager would call them. The San Diego field office says it got no call and found the documents still missing when they re-inspected KSSB the next month.

The list consists of programs that have provided the station’s most significant treatment of community issues during the preceding quarter. Stations must place these lists in their public files quarterly.

The fine would have been $10,000 but the commission took into account that KSSB had some of the required paperwork in the file. Because not all the missing paperwork was placed in the file by the next inspection, the agency fined KSSB $8,000.

Lazer has 30 days to ask for the fine to be cancelled or reduced, or to pay.


Show Me the Public File

Although a majority of Missouri radio stations complied with Public Inspection File requests in a recent study, one in five licensees failed to produce Issues-Programs Lists upon demand during station visits.