FCC feels fine, fine recipients probably not so much


The FCC has once again turned on its printer to pop out a new collection of notices of apparently liability, which means that several stations may soon need to pull out their credit cards, debit cards or checkbooks.

Here are the apparently liable, their apparent liability and financial vulnerability:

* University of South Carolina, licensee of WUSC-FM Columbia SC. Issues/programs lists missing from public file, $9K

* Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, licensee of WBDG(FM) Indianapolis IN. Issues/programs lists missing from public file, $9K.

* Nievezquez Productions Inc., licensee of WPRX(AM) Bristol CT. This was a late filing for license renewal, late enough that the station was eventually operating without authorization. Fine: $7K.

* Applied Life Ministries Inc., licensee of KALR(FM) Hot Springs AR. Another late renewal filing dating back to 2004. The licensee had a $7K fine reduced to $5.6K, asked that it again be cancelled because the error was not willful. That argument doesn’t even wash with the FCC, and it wants the $5.6K.

* Butler Broadcasting Company LLC, licensee of K246BS Fayetteville AR. Late filer, but benefits from the FM translator penalty discount and is only liable for $500.

RBR-TVBR observation: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Filling out forms for the FCC and following FCC regulations are part of the business. Paying money to the FCC for not filling out forms and following regs is not. There should be redundant personnel at all stations who are aware of FCC responsibilities and know how to meet them.