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Quinn Broadcasting Fined $16,000

Missing issues/program lists, incorrect tower ownership information garner FCC penalty

The FCC fined Quinn Broadcasting $16,000 for public file violations.

Quinn is the licensee of WSNJ(AM), Bridgeton, N.J. and WMVB(AM), Millville, N.J.

Responding to a complaint, agents from the Enforcement Bureau’s Philadelphia office inspected the stations’ collocated main studio in Millville, N.J. in June 2011. Agents found that several radio issues/program lists were missing from the public files.

Quinn has owned WSNJ and its tower in Bridgeton, N.J. since 2004 and the agents also noticed one of the previous owners, Cohanzick Broadcasting Corp., was still listed as the owner in the commission’s tower registration database.

The base fine is $10,000 for public file violations with another $3,000 for failing to file required forms. The commission tacked on still another $3,000 because Quinn didn’t update the tower ownership information for more than eight years.

Quinn is apparently liable for a $16,000 fine and must submit a sworn statement within 30 days notifying the commission that its public files are up to date.

The broadcaster has 30 days to appeal or pay the penalty.