The licensee that controls the “only locally owned and operated radio station in West Kentucky, Northwest Tennessee and Southern Illinois” could soon be stripped of this 100kw Class C1 Rocker.
At the same time, the FCC has warned the company behind a 25kw Class C Country station to the southeast of Shreveport that it is at risk of losing its license.
Twin orders to pay or to show cause were dispatched by FCC Media Bureau Chief Michelle Carey and Managing Director Mark Stephens on Monday (4/8), as each licensee is delinquent in paying regulatory fees to the Commission.
In the case of Elite Radio Group’s KSBH-FM 94.9 in Coushatta, La., a Country station branded as “94.9 The River,” the transgressions go back a decade.
According to Carey and Stephens, KSBH did not pay its regulatory fees for fiscal 2009 — and neglected to do so in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and for FY 2017.
As of April 8, the fees remain unpaid. Thus, KSBH owes $1,681.25 for FY 2009; $1,836.16 for FY 2011; $2,007.83 for FY 2012; $2,017.53 for FY 2013; $1,946.50 for FY 2014; and $1,897.50 for FY 2017.
KSBH has 60 days to pay up or show cause. Otherwise, a license revocation hearing will proceed.
Then, there is WJLI-FM in Metropolis, Ill., owned by Sun Media.
Branded as “Rock 98.3,” WJLI serves the Paducah, Ky., listening area, measured by Eastlan. In Spring 2018, the most recent survey, WJLI was a distant No. 6 in the ratings.
Now, WJLI faces erasure by Eastlan and deletion by the Commission, as it has failed to pay regulatory fees of $944.10 for FY 2007, $308.87 for FY 2009, $5,642.68 for FY 2010, $5,202.19 for FY 2012, and $5,198.37 for FY 2013.
If it doesn’t pay in 60 days or explain its delinquency, WJLI’s license could be stripped.
The enforcement of unpaid regulatory fees is something the FCC has greatly stepped up in recent days. The WJLI and KSBH orders follow an April 5 license revocation order handed to a Massachusetts licensee for ignoring the FCC’s requests to make good on years of unpaid regulatory fees.