Friday, April 28, 2017

AM station going away (maybe)

Carthage, Illinois: 990KHz:
WCAZ license "unrenewed"

Due to unpaid FCC fees. I'm not convinced this is permanent -- I suspect if the fees are paid the license will be renewed.

2 comments:

Doug Beard said...

Doug,

I've been checking WCAZ most days after seeing Tim Noonan's post that the FCC ordered them to go dark due to non-payment of money owed to the FCC. Despite the order, WCAZ has been on the air every time I've checked, including today (2 May).

WCAZ is a daytime regular here in Springville, which is about 15 miles NE of Cedar Rapids, IA. Such a sad episode for a legacy station (1922). I hope your optimism about them returning is well-founded.

Doug Beard, KF0VF
Springville, IA

Doug Smith said...

Yes, that's why I wrote (maybe) :)

These "red light" dismissals are most likely the result of clerical mixups.

I don't know which fee(s) were unpaid. The station owes an annual "regulatory fee" which depends on station class and market size. In WCAZ's case it's probably $685. Every eight years, the station must file for license renewal and pay a renewal fee which is $190 for all AM stations.

Since they did try to renew their license, they *are* paying attention and *do* intend to continue operating. My best guess is that a wire transfer didn't "take".