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FCC Slaps Two $7K Fines on Same Guy at Two Different Stations For Same Reason.

Commission Slaps Two $7K Fines on Same Guy at Two Different Stations For Same Reason.

The first fine of $7K is levied on Media Associates, the owner of KBJM(AM), Lemmon, South Dakota. The violation. Failing to timely file a license renewal application. The renewal app should have been filed by December 1, 2004, four months prior to the Station’s license expiration date. On June 27, 2006, the staff wrote to Media Associates indicating all authority to operate was terminated and the call letters were deleted from the commission’s data base. Two weeks later Media Associates sought special temporary authorization to continue operating and filed a renewal application. The commission granted the request.

On Jannuary 31, 2007, the commission granted the station’s license renewal application and reinstated the calls. But the $7K fine was still on the table. Media associates argued for a fine reduction based on two things. They claimed the statute of limitations expired which the commission rejected. And, they wanted a break for good behavior. Well, that didn't fly either with the FCC.

On the same day the commission issued the NAL in this case, it also issued an NAL to KNDC(AM) in North Dakota, owned by Schweitzer Media, for failing to file a license renewal. Michael J. Schweitzer is the sole shareholder of Schweitzer Media.  Schweitzer is also the majority shareholder of Media Associates. So, the commission tacked on another $7K for the North Dakota violation.

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