FCC Report 4/24: Illegal Transfer Of Control Brings $4000 Fine

FCC Actions

FCC Seal 2020 Federal Communications CommissionOMI Oilfield Investments, LLC has entered into a consent decree with the FCC and pay a $4000 fine for unauthorized transfer of control of the company and the failure to file required biennial ownership reports for its Regional Mexican “El Patron 99.5” KBIJ Guymon OK.

Oralia Cowan gifted the company and the station to her son Mike Castanon for no consideration in October 2017 but did not file the transfer with the FCC until February 1, 2021. At the time of the file, Cowan stated the transfer was inadvertently completed without FCC counsel as part of estate planning efforts.

The FCC issued a Notice of Violation to La Raza Media Group LLC’s 1570 WTWB Auburndale FL after an agent of the Enforcement Bureau inspected the station an observed the station was operating with 3.5kW around the clock as opposed to its licensed 5kW day and 13 watts night.

The FCC is opening a comment period to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released in December 2020 on whether to modify the rules governing the operation of FM booster stations in certain limited circumstances to allow for geo-targeted content. GeoBroadcast Solutions has since been granted experimental authority to test it on KSJO San Jose CA and WRBJ-FM Jackson MS. As part of the testing, GeoBroadcast Solutions has since filed technical discussions about the operation of its booster technology, compatibility with Emergency Alert System, and impact on digital FM broadcasts.

The following licensees have entered consent decrees over their failure to maintain their public files:

  • Centro Cristiano de Vida Eterna licensee of KVFM Beeville and KPMB Plainview TX
  • R&M Christian Broadcasting, LLC licensee of WABV Abbeville SC

The following licensees have entered consent decrees over their failure to maintain their political files:

  • Gorge Country Media, Inc. licensee of KLCK and KYYT Goldendale WA
  • Resort Radio, LLC licensee of KCSY Twisp WA
  • Summit Broadcasting Group, LLC licensee of KBNW Bend OR
  • Victoria Radioworks, LLC licensee of KVNN Victoria TX

Call Letter Changes

88.1 NEW Hodgenville KY -> WTRL
90.5 NEW Borrego Springs CA -> KOZA
90.9 NEW Cochran GA -> WWJL
91.1 NEW Kailua HI -> KLHY
91.1 NEW West Plains MO -> KCWP
91.5 NEW O’Neill NE -> KONL
91.7 NEW Safford AZ -> KUAE-FM
92.3 NEW Tusayan AZ -> KXQX
93.3 KUBE Seattle -> KJR-FM
95.7 KJR-FM Seattle -> KJEB
96.3 WKQW-FM Oil City PA -> WLOQ
106.5 NEW Salome AZ -> KZXO

1240 KNBI Monterey CA -> KMBY

This story first appeared on radioinsight.com