A small AM-FM combo serving the northern portion of the Johnson City-Bristol-Kingsport market discovered that the issues/programs lists were missing from its public files when getting ready to apply for license renewals.
The stations are WXLZ-AM, licensed to St. Paul VA and WXLZ-FM, licensed to Lebanon VA. Both have relatively small signals and neither has enough moxie to throw a strong signal over anything but a fraction of this market which straddles the Tennessee-Virginia border.
The station audited its own file to make sure it was in compliance with file requirements while going through the renewal process and discovered the absence of the lists, which had not been maintained for the entire duration of the previous license cycle. It immediately took steps to rectify the problem going forward.
The FCC found that to be a serious oversight, and despite licensee Yeary Broadcasting’s otherwise excellent record of compliance, it did not think it appropriate to offer a downward reduction in the punitive fine it issued.
And what it issued was the standard $10K file violation fine times two – one fine for each stations – for a total of $20K.
It did not believe the violations rose to the level requiring a hearing – it granted new licenses, but for a short term – Yeary will have to renew them in four rather than eight years.