The owner of a Class A radio station in rural Seward, Alaska in mid-July was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $66,000 for what the FCC said are “numerous apparent violations” of its rules — including actions that undermine the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System.
On Tuesday (9/25), the licensee given this NAL filed a Form 314 with the Commission signaling the station’s transfer to another entity in the tiny town.
The proposed fine was handed to Class A KIBH-FM 91.7 in Seward, known for its proximity to Kenai Fjords National Park to the south of Anchorage.
The $66,000 NAL was sent because, as the Commission explained in July, KIBH was notified “on multiple occasions” by the Commission that it had programmed its EAS equipment messages for a radio station serving a different geographic area than that served by Kenai.
Additionally, Kenai Educational Media failed to monitor at least two EAS sources, and did not keep EAS operation information available to staff as required.
Kenai Educational Media also apparently violated a number of broadcast station rules, such as maintaining required records. Further, the noncomm operator also failed to respond to several Commission inquiries.
KIBH is the main broadcast home of Seward Public Radio — for now, at least.
In a Facebook post made late Monday evening, Alaskan time, it revealed that “subject to FCC approval,” the license for KIBH-FM is being transferred to Kenai Mountains Public Media.
Terms were not disclosed, and an asset purchase agreement was not included in today’s Form 314 filing.
The assignor is led by Cindy Clock. The entity receiving KIBH is a “new” 501(c)(3) Alaskan non-profit corporation led by President Rick Brown, founder and co-owner of kayaking tour company Adventure 60 North.
“This is an exciting development which will propel the local station to bigger and better service to the community,” Seward Public Radio said via Facebook.
KMPM noted KIBH’s EAS failings in a statement affixed to its Form 314 filing.
“KIBH-FM provides the only source of locally originated EAS alerting over broadcast channels and is integrated with local and regional first response agencies as well as other City of Seward and Kenai Peninsula Borough emergency services,” KMPM said. “KMPM will continue to provide and improve upon this service.”
KIBH is the lone fully licensed radio station serving Seward, which has several FM translators. AM station reception is poor, with just three Anchorage-area stations receivable.