Commission fines WLSW-FM $7,500 January 2014
The Classic Hits/Weekend Oldies metro Pittsburgh area FM (Scottdale, PA) was fined $7,500 in a forfeiture order for public file violations.
In an on going inspection from the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau in Philadelphia who had reviewed the materials in the station’s public inspection file and found that the file did not contain any quarterly issues/programs lists for the current license term and was missing fifteen quarters of issues/programs lists in total. The station owner told the inspector that a person or persons had gone through the file and that some items had been removed? Agents conducted follow-up inspections with even more files missing and additional reasons why the files were not complete.
The Philadelphia Office issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) 11 in the amount of $15,000 for failure to maintain and make available a complete public inspection file at the station. The owner submitted a response to the NAL requesting a cancellation or reduction of the proposed forfeiture and the fine was reduced from the original $15,000.
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