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KVOZ Must Pay $21,000 Penalty

Texas AM said it relies entirely on listener donations

A Spanish-language Christian AM station along the U.S./Mexico border will have to pay $21,000 for several alleged violations of FCC rules.

The Enforcement Bureau’s Houston Office had issued the proposed fine in May against KVOZ(AM) in Del Mar Hills, Texas, for failing to maintain a main studio in the community of license, operating inconsistent with the terms of its station authorization and failing to maintain and make available a complete public inspection file. (At the time, the commission said the station’s technician admitted that KVOZ had operated for several months with 3 kilowatts of power at all times; it is licensed for 1 kW nighttime.)

Owner Consolidated Radio then told the commission it had corrected all of the violations and it appealed the fine, saying its funding “relies entirely on donations from the listener community.”

But the FCC says the station provided no documentation of its finances, so it has confirmed the penalty.