FCC hits up station that failed to power down


KBRZ-AM Missouri City TX in the Houston market was putting its 1460 kHz out with 3.2 kW under an STA allowing it to broadcast below its licensed output of 5 kW. The STA also called for a reduction at night, from 125 W to 100 W. However, FCC agents found that it was operating with 3.2 kW full time.

The station, licensed to Aleluya Christian Broadcasting Inc., is licensed for the higher power, with a non-directional antenna. Located on the southwest edge of the city, its daytime signal gets to much of the market, but its nighttime power limits its reach to the general area of its transmitter location.

It has applied to make the STA power levels permanent via a CP, which is pending.

The FCC discovered the faulty nighttime transmission levels when responding to complaints on several occasions during the month of July 2011.

The infraction carries a $4K fine – and in addition, Aleluya is required to attest on penalty of perjury that it is operating at its correct power level.