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Peconic Public Broadcasting Asked to Forfeit $10K for Public File Violations

Public radio station WPPB-FM in Southampton, New York must forfeit $10,000 to the U.S. government due to public file violations. According to an order released by the FCC this week, the station, whose license is held by Peconic Public Broadcasting, neglected to maintain 13 of its quarterly issues and programs lists. After the FCC issued […]

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College Radio Watch: Canadian Campus Radio History, WAIC Gets a Break on Fines, and more News

It’s been a flurry of college radio conferences for me lately and my third and final event for the fall was the UCRN conference held at Pomona College’s radio station KSPC last Saturday. You can read all about it in my recap from earlier this week. Also, on this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast, I talk […]

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$1,200 Civil Penalty for College Radio Station WMEB for Public File Violations

University of Maine, Orono’s student-run college radio station WMEB-FM is being asked to pay a $1,200 penalty to the United States Treasury because of long-standing public file violations. According to a Consent Decree released today by the FCC, in the course of WMEB’s license renewal, it was reveled that “quarterly issues and programs lists were […]

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Castleton College Radio Station WIUV Penalized by FCC for Public File Violations

The FCC issued a penalty of $1,000 this week to the Board of Trustees for Vermont State Colleges following public file violations at Castleton College’s student-run radio station WIUV-FM. According to a Consent Decree, the station revealed in its 2013 license renewal application that it failed to prepare quarterly issues and programs lists from 2006 […]

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FCC Fines iHeart $1 Million for Airing Fake Emergency Alert Tone during Bobby Bones Show

It’s hard to believe that some radio stations still haven’t gotten the message that the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is no joking matter. Today the FCC announced that it has fined iHeartCommunications $1,000,000 (see the order and consent decree here) after an investigation into an October, 2014 broadcast of the syndicated “The Bobby Bones Show.” […]

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College Radio Watch: New LPFMs, Vastly Different Stations at Columbia, Radio’s Role in Music Business + More News

In this week’s Radio Survivor Bulletin (are you subscribed yet?), I wrote an extended piece about college radio in the 1970s. At the time, campus-only carrier current stations were HUGE and some large universities even had multiple stations serving different dorms. The music industry was taking notice of college radio and a 1971 Billboard article […]

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Framingham State’s College Radio Station WDJM Makes Deal with FCC to Address Public File Violations

In another instance of the FCC giving student-run college radio stations a break, Framingham State University radio station WDJM-FM in Framingham, Massachusetts agreed to pay a lesser penalty of $1,200 for public file violations. According to a Consent Decree adopted on December 31, 2014, the university agreed to pay the penalty and set up a […]

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KUSF Studio Dismantled Prematurely While Sale of College Radio Station Awaits FCC Approval

KUSF Studio Dismantled Prematurely While Sale of College Radio Station Awaits FCC Approval

Just four months after University of San Francisco (USF) pulled the plug on KUSF’s terrestrial broadcast, the former KUSF studio in Phelan Hall has been dismantled. When I stopped by the station on May 17, DJs were still broadcasting from the now online-only I was told that May 18th would be the final day […]

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