FCC Report 10/20: Settlement Time For Translators In 13 MX’d Markets

FCC Actions

The FCC has set the thirteen mutually-exclusive translator application groups that will go to auction following the end of the settlement period with a date to be announced later. The groups of translator applications going to auction and minimum bid are:

  • 105.3 Eagle River/Anchorage AK – Christian Broadcasting’s 1020 KVNT and iHeartMedia’s 650 KENI – $2,500
  • 95.7 Mobile AL – Buddy Tucker Association’s 1360 WMOB and iHeartMedia’s 710 WNTM – $5,000
  • 100.1 El Cajon/San Diego CA – Family Stations 910 KECR and El Sembrador Ministries 1040 KURS – $35,000
  • 104.5 Naugatuck/Torrington CT – Candido Dias Carrelo’s 1380 WFNW and Red Wolf Broadcasting’s 610 WSNG – $20,000
  • 96.1 Hialeah/Homestead FL – Pax Catholic Communications’ 830 WACC and ERJ Media’s 1430 WOIR – $10,000
  • 101.5 Cedar Falls/Waterloo IA – Coloff Media’s 1250 KCFI and NRG Media’s 1330 KPTY – $10,000
  • 93.5 Louisville KY – iHeartMedia’s 840 WHAS and Salem Media’s 970 WGTK – $35,000
  • 103.3 Petoskey MI – MacDonald Garber Broadcasting’s 1270 WMKT and N Content Marketing’s 750 WARD – $5,000
  • 95.9 Jackson MS – iHeartMedia’s 620 WJDX and Family Talk Radio’s 810 WSJC – $10,000
  • 99.1 Hempstead/Manhasset NY – Universal Stations’ 540 WLIE and Immaculate Heart Media’s 1430 WNSW – $10,000
  • 97.5 Columbus OH – iHeartMedia’s 610 WTVN and Radiohio’s 1460 WBNS – $35,000
  • 100.9 Newport News/Chesapeake VA – Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting’s 1600 WCPK and Max Media’s 1310 WGH – $20,000
  • 98.7 Burbank/Kennewick/Pasco WA – Cherry Creek Radio’s 610 KONA, Centro Familiar Cristiano’s 1560 KVAN, and Townsquare Media’s 870 KFLD – $5,000

The FCC has revoked their $20,000 Forfeiture Order to Alaska Educational Radio System’s 88.9 KABN-FM Kasilof AK following the surrender of the station’s license in July. The station had operated at variance from its licensed parameters without authority to do so four times and willfully and went silent on five separate occasions for over 30 days each without an STA. The FCC order also reject the station’s 2014 license transfer application which led to the license surrender.

Alaska Educational Radio System is not completely off the hook though as the FCC is issuing a new $8,000 Forfeiture Order due to discontinuing the operations of K223BJ Eagle River and K283AZ Anchorage on four different occasions without authority to do so. The group was originally issued a $10,000 fine in July for those violations plus those at 107.9 K300BY Willow Creek, but it has reduced the amount following the deletion of that latter license.

The FCC has issued a Notice of Violation to Marion Williams’ 105.5 W288DU Canton MS for operating without a license and originating its own programming. The FCC noted W288DU on the air on June 27 despite not filing for a License to Cover until July 6. The bigger issue is that while the translator’s CP and license indicated it was to rebroadcast 1150 WONG Canton, that station was not operating at the time.

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