An FCC agent discovered that Mount Rushmore Broadcasting had been operating a studio-transmitter link for KMLD-FM Casper WY from a location about a third of a mile from its authorized location. To say the very least, that was just the beginning of Mount Rushmore’s troubles.
When the company responded to the FCC, it admitted it moved the STL sometime in 2001 or early 2002. It admitted it should have filed an application to make the move back then, and did apply on 5/24/12.
The base fine for this infraction is $4K, but the FCC doubled it due to its lengthy duration, to $8K.
Then we come to the cases of KQLT-FM, KASS-FM and KHOC-FM, all licensed to Casper as well. The first two had been using an STL since 1995, and the third since 2000, all of which had no FCC STL authorization at all. The company applied for those authorizations on 5/24/12 when it applied for the new location for the KMLD STL.
The fine for unauthorized operation of an STL is the same as for a full power FM: $10K. Again, the FCC doubled it due to the duration factor, so each of the three stations was hit for $20K.
The grand total of the FCC punitive bill: $68K.