An FM Translator Is Warned For Program Origination

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As tempting as it is to use an FM translator as a unique facility with its own programming, the purpose of these mini-stations, if you will, is to serve as a “fill-in” outlet for an AM station or an FM in the market with signal penetration issues.


It seems an operator in Mississippi didn’t get the message, making a “WONG” decision.

Marion R. Williams on October 17 was issued a Notice of Violation from the FCC for the improper use of W288DU at 105.5 MHz in Canton, Miss., a city located to the north of the Mississippi capital of Jackson.

Why? A post at RadioDiscussions.com may have something to do with it. On June 3, a user of the online discussion board noted that W288DU was on the air — but its originating station, Class D WONG-AM 1150 in Canton, was not.

On June 27, an agent from the Enforcement Bureau’s New Orleans office paid a visit to Canton. He found that Williams did not have a FCC Form 350, “Application for an FM Translator or FM Booster Station License,” on file in accordance with Construction Permit BNPFT-20180314AAE Special Operating Condition 23 and pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 74.14(a).

Translation: Williams was not rebroadcasting WONG-AM.

Now the Enforcement Bureau wants additional information concerning the violations and any remedial actions taken, before a potential Notice of Apparent Liability is sent to Williams.

Williams’ legal counsel in the matter is Allan G. Moskowitz of North Potomac, Md.

WONG-AM, when on the air, offered a mix of Urban AC and Gospel programming.