Scranton Station Draws $10K NAL
January 31, 2010: A $10,000 notice of apparent liability has gone out to Bold Gold Media Group, with the FCC's Enforcement Bureau saying Bold Gold failed to install EAS equipment at WWRR/Scranton, PA.
Following a complaint, the station was inspected in late 2009 by an agent from the FCC's Philadelphia office. The agent found no equipment installed, and a station engineer acknowledged that there was no EAS equipment in the main studio. Two co-located stations did have operational EAS equipment in place. The engineer said WWRR could transmit a test by switching the audio source from its studio location in Plains, PA, to the main studio in Scranton, and, at the agent's request, conducted such a test successfully.
But the engineer also acknowledged that no such tests had been conducted for WWRR, and that the Plains location also had no EAS equipment installed.
The base forfeiture for having no working EAS equipment is $8,000, but that's been bumped up an extra $2,000 because, says the Enforcement Bureau, Bold Gold, which bought the station in 2006, didn't install EAS equipment until February of 2010. Bold Gold has 30 days to pay the forfeiture or explain in writing why it should be reduced or canceled.
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