NoVa AM Agrees To Consent Decree For Public File Flub


A Northern Virginia AM some 45 minutes from the Nation’s Capital has entered into a Consent Decree with the FCC to resolve a Public File violation.

It’s another learning lesson for other licensees about the importance of avoiding procrastination.

The station is WKCW-AM 1420 in Warrenton, Va., a Class D with 22kw during daylight hours and 60 watts at night, from two towers.

WKCW largely covers Manassas and Centreville in a fast-growing portion of the Nation’s Capital Region.

The Consent Decree, between the Audio Division of the Media Bureau and Radio Corporation LLC, resolves issues arising from the Bureau’s review of the license renewal application for WKCW.

In particular, the Consent Decree resolves the Bureau’s investigation of the station’s compliance with the Public File Rule contained in section 73.3526 of the Commission’s rules.

As such, Radio Corporation, among other things, is agreeing to implement a comprehensive compliance plan to ensure future compliance with its online public inspection file obligations. One year after entering into the Consent Decree, the WKCW owner will submit a compliance report to the Audio Division.

The Bureau’s Audio Division suspended processing of the application because Radio Corporation did not comply with its public file obligations.

WKCW, which debuted on New Year’s Day 1960, was last reported to air an Adult Hits format. Circa 2000 it aired a gold-based Country format.

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