FCC Report 6/3: WBNZ Fined For Operating At Variance

101.9 The Bay WLDR-FM WBNZ Roy HendersonRoy Henderson’s 92.3 WBNZ Frankfort MI has been issued a Notice of Apparent Liabiity and fined $18,000 for willful and repeated operation of the station at variance from its license while granting the station’s license renewal. WBNZ filed a Silent STA in January 2015, but after returning to the air the following month it never notified the FCC. It then filed for a second STA in September 2016 notifying the FCC that it has been operating with 1.4kW instead of its licensed 50kW, which the agency discovered the station had been doing since April 2015 making it operating illegally for 17 months. WBNZ simulcasts co-owned AC “101.9 The Bay” WLDR-FM Traverse City MI.

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