A Veteran Broadcaster Is Fined For Unauthorized Silence, OPIF Upload Delay


In the late 2000s, he was an active buyer of radio stations. Among the stations acquired by Sima Birach and his Birach Broadcasting Corp. in that era is a Class B AM serving Little Rock with 5kw during daylight hours from 1 tower and 240 watts after dark from 2 towers.

Birach acquired the station in October 2007 along with a Tulsa AM in a $1.5 million deal brokered by John Pierce & Co. Now, that AM, which today has a FM translator bringing its Spanish-language programming some FM revitalization, is in the news. Why? An unauthorized period of silence and a OPIF filing deadline miss are set to cost Birach tens of thousands of dollars in FCC fines.

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