Houston-area AM Gets Power-Down Violation Warning


What happens if your AM radio station fails to sign off at sunset, as required by its license?

Just as JLF Communications LLC. It just got a Notice of Violation for failure to do just that at an AM it owns in the Houston market.

JLF is the licensee of Class D KULF-AM 1090, licensed to Bellville, Tex., to the northwest of Houston.

From 2 towers, KULF is licensed for 1kw during daylight hours only; its FM translator at 102.5 MHz is expressly designed to give KULF 24/7 coverage of its broadcast area.

On December 11-12, agents of the Enforcement Bureau’s Dallas Field Office inspected KULF and discovered that at 6pm Central KULF-AM was still broadcasting. That’s a problem: It should have signed off the air at 5:30pm Central, based on sundown times for those days.

As this is a NOV, JLF has 20 business days from Jan. 5 to explain its actions and what it has done to correct the issue.

Further action would result in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture.

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