|Surviving the Week of June 18, 2012|
The FCC has proposed a $15,000 fine against VISION LATINA BROADCASTING CO. for public file violations at Spanish Religion KBPO (RADIO VIDA)/PORT NECHES-BEAUMONT, TX. An FCC inspection found that the station's file had no quarterly issues/programs lists, and employees there indicate that they were unaware of the station ever having such lists. The file was adjusted upward from $10,000 because after the first violation, a subsequent inspection found that the problem had not been remedied.
...and old KZZB-AM 99 got a big ol' fine...
FROM THE PIRATE FILES:
A “king” can’t save a pirate — not a fairy tale, just FCC enforcement. A stiff $22,000 fine has been upheld by the FCC against a small town pirate who earning a pair of warnings over a seven-year span. An unusual case did get even odder however as the pirate received help from a king. FCC field agents discovered last April an illegal station in Cosby, TN known as “W 50 Country” at 87.9 FM airing a mix of classic country music and conservative talk. They allege it was operated by Arthur Lee Young out of his home in Cosby, TN — a small town of 5,200 on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The FCC issued a warning letter telling Young to cease broadcasting the station he dubbed “The Voice of the Smokies.” But upon a return visit in February his station was back on the air at the same frequency and from the same location. Young wouldn’t talk to the field agents or let them inspect his property — but his wife told agents he did in fact have a pirate station inside their home. A search of FCC records also turned up a file on Young. He received his first warning about operating a pirate station in October 2004. After the FCC issued their proposed fine they didn’t hear back from Young. But they did hear from someone identifying themselves as “King Dennis Craig” who claimed he owned the land and as an American National not subject to U.S. law. Field agents gave Young a call and he told them he had no idea who the king is. That diversion averted, the FCC concludes its $22,000 fine against Young stands.
FCC hits two South Florida pirates with fines. The FCC’s crackdown on South Florida pirates continues, with two more being handed proposed fines. In the first case the Enforcement Bureau says Luis Ernesto Rivas Jr. ran the pirate station “The Streets FM” at 89.1 in Miami. Field agents hunted down the station on two separate occasions in March, using signal-tracking equipment that led them to the rooftop on a Miami condo building. A wire from the antenna went to a nearby laptop. Later that day Rivas tried to claim the equipment from the condo association. The station’s website also listed Rivas’ home address as its base of operation. That’s enough evidence for the FCC to propose a $15,000 fine against him. In the second case, the FCC says Fort Myers resident Albert Knighten Jr. operated “Dunbar Community Radio” at 107.5 in that market. Field agents tracked the station down to his house last December after receiving an anonymous tip. Working with local police the Tampa-based agents got a search warrant and discovered the pirate station. Local police seized the equipment, while FCC agents discovered an online video featuring Knighten discussing his pirate station. A Ft. Myers city councilman and the chairman of the Ft. Myers Citizens Police Review Board hosted talk shows on the station, but public service doesn’t forgive the fact the station is illegal. The FCC issues a $15,000 fine against Knighten.
OBVIOUS OBVIOUSNESS OF THE WEEK: Mitt Romney’s ‘Every town counts’ bus tour scrupulously avoids the towns devastated by Bain Capital
DAREDEVIL OF THE WEEK: A tightrope walker from a long dynastic line of high-wire stunt performers has completed a historic crossing of Niagara Falls. Nik Wallenda, from the famous Flying Wallenda family, walked directly over the precipice on a two inch (5cm) wire.
BIG FAKE OF THE WEEK: An English-speaking teenager dubbed 'forest boy' after claiming he lived in the wild in Germany for half a decade has turned out to be a fake.
REALITY TV SHOW IDEA OF THE WEEK: ATLANTA (AP) - Jailers in Atlanta have a challenge for inmates: Get past the new locks being tested on cell doors and win free food.
"FEAR THE LIKE BUTTON" OF THE WEEK: ANDERSON, S.C. -- Investigators say a woman and a man broke into the homes of her Facebook friends after finding out they were out of town by their posts on the social networking site.
REASON TO 'CUSS OF THE WEEK: Supreme Court Says FCC's Indecency Policy Could Use A *#@ing Revision
"GOOSING THE GANDER" OF THE WEEK: Woman Accused of Groping TSA Agent Claims 'Turnabout' Is Fair Play
"GAS IS STILL TOO DAMN HIGH" OF THE WEEK: EPA blasted for requiring oil refiners to add type of fuel that's merely hypothetical...