FCC Report 12/18: Identity Theft Leads To LPFM Deletion

Zima 103.5 WZMA-LP New Britain Lincy CastilloThe FCC has deleted the license for Spanish Tropical “Zima 103.5” WZMA-LP New Britain CT after the group the station was licensed for says it has never had any association with the station.

The Hispanic American Cultural Council states that Lincy Castillo and two others used their organization’s name to secure the CP and license for WZMA-LP, which signed-on in May 2015. HACC filed an identity theft report with the New Britain police on October 29 stating that they first became aware of the station after receiving a property tax bill for it. The filing states that Castillo’s apartment and another organization, The New Britain Museum of American Art (which also states it has never had any association with WZMA-LP) were the listed addresses for the station. Lincy Castillo reportedly passed away the week prior to the police report at the age of 41. The station’s Facebook page and google searches also connect the operators of the station to a Pirate on 105.3 and 1690 that operated prior to gaining the CP for WZMA-LP.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.