FCC Report 12/10: Renewal Violations Settled In Arizona & Wisconsin

FCC Decisions

Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Farmworker Educational Radio Network has entered into a Consent Decree with the FCC and agrees to pay a $20,000 fine over issues in its 2005 and 2013 license renewal applications for Regional Mexican “La Campesina” 93.9 KRIT Parker AZ. The agency made multiple inspections of the station between 2004-2006 and found the public file was incomplete and missing certain required issues/programs lists and had provided written and oral notices to staffers, yet it was not disclosed in its 2005 renewal application. The group then failed to file Silent STAs for three periods between 2008-2013 when it was off the air for more than 30 but less than 365 days.

TEA-VISZ LLC has been fined $4,000 for multiple violations at 102.3 W272AY Park Falls WI stemming from its 2012 license renewal application. Heartland Communications alleged that W272AY originated its own programming, went silent for over a month without notifying the FCC on several occassions, neglected to notify the FCC of a change in originating station to J&J Broadcasting’s 99.7 WIMI Ironwood MI, and failed to terminate a “prohibited business association” between its owner Scott A. Reinhard and J&J’s Gerald Hackman. TEA-VISZ admitted to originating its own music programming while WIMI aired Green Bay Packers football for a few weeks in 2012 but blamed it on its engineer wanting to air emergency announcements if needed during the game broadcasts which it was contractually unable to air. The rest of the allegations it denied under oath.

The FCC has denied Cochise Broadcasting’s Application For Review for its denied application to move 98.1 KTBX Tubuc AZ to 100.5. The agency had dismissed the application because it would cause overlap between the Station’s proposed interfering signal contour and the 65-kilometer protected contour of the Channel 263B allotment in Magdalena MX. Cochise had argued that the application should have been referred to Mexico to approve or deny as per the treaty between both nations as opposed to just being shot down.

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