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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

FCC Fines WWPT $7,000 But Renews License

“Someone at the Westport Board of Ed may need to keep a better eye on their radio station paperwork.” That’s how the trade publication Radio World reported on a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) action against WWPT.
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The student-operated FM radio station at Staples High School licensed to the Board of Education has been hit by the FCC Media Bureau with a notice of apparent liability for a $7,000 fine, the publication reported.

It said the FCC found that the station failed to file for renewal and subsequently operated for three years before filing last summer, when it also asked for special temporary authority (STA) so it could stay on the air while its application was considered.

“To make matters worse, when that STA expired earlier this month, the board did not file for an extension, according to the commission,” Radio World said.

For these sins, the FCC Media Bureau now has issued a notice of apparent liability for a $7,000 fine, out of a possible $13,000 based on the circumstances.

The rules require that applications for renewal must be filed “not later than the first day of the fourth full calendar month prior to the expiration date of the license sought to be renewed.”

An application should have been filed by Dec.1, 2005, four months prior to the April 1, 2006, license expiration date, but was not, Radio World said.

The board did not file its renewal application until August of 2009, when it also filed the request for STA, saying its failure to file had been inadvertent.

The commission staff ultimately found no reason to deny the station’s license renewal, Radio World said.

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Thank goodness the FCC has made our airways safe again.

Posted by Matt Murray on March 30, 2010 at 10:04 PM | #