Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Two AM licenses go away

Greenwood, South Carolina: 1350KHz:
WLMA is gone...

- 12/1/1995: WLMA license expires. No renewal application had been filed.

- 12/3/1996: FCC inspects WLMA.
Station is on the air, although its license is expired & no renewal has been filed.
Inspector finds station is transmitting from a site about ten miles from the last-authorized site.

- 12/23/1996: FCC issues Notice of Violation for unauthorized site change.
WLMA promises to file for construction permit to specify new site.

- 1/28/1997: FCC issues Continuation of Offical Notice of Violation.
Notice requires WLMA to show that either it's off the air; it's operating from the originally-authorized site; or it has Special Temporary Authority to operate from the new site.

- 2/28/1997: WLMA has not yet filed for CP to specify new site.

- 3/31/1997: WLMA responds to Jan. 28 Continuation of Official Notice of Violation by faxing a copy of a request for Special Temporary Authority. (STA)

- 4/4/1997: WLMA files above request for STA.

- 4/28/1997: FCC sends latter noting license has expired & continued operation is unauthorized.

- 6/10/1997: FCC dismisses request for STA for new site, noting WLMA license is expired.
Also notes STA would not cover Greenwood (WLMA's city of license);
that it would extend past the station's authorized service contour;
and that it would interfere with WELP, Easley during the day, and with WGAD, Gadsden AL and WTOU, Akron OH at night.

- 8/19/1997: WLMA files license renewal application.

- 9/15/1998: FCC verifies WLMA is still broadcasting from the wrong site.
Station still has no authority to opeate from this site.
Indeed, its license is expired, so it has no authority to operate from *either* site.

- 10/21/1998: FCC reinstates WLMA license.
FCC fines WLMA $4,000 for operating outside the terms of the license.

- 10/1998 or 11/1998: WLMA argues it can't afford to pay the $4,000 fine.

- 4/2/1999: FCC is not persuaded by WLMA's argument of poverty. Affirms $4,000 fine.

- 4/28/1999: FCC renews WLMA license.

- 1/21/2000: FCC inspects WLMA again.
Finds it's still transmitting from the wrong site.
Also finds no EAS gear.

- 2/2/2000: FCC issues another Notice of Violation.

- 3/30/2000: FCC issues Notice of Apparent Liability for $12,000.
Notes prior history of violations.

- 7/2000: FCC affirms $12,000 fine.
WLMA fails to respond to Notice of Apparent Liability.

- 10/8/2003: Complainant claims WLMA failed to reduce power at sunset as required.

- 12/1/2003: WLMA license expires *again*;
no renewal application has been filed.

- 3/2/2004: FCC informs station license has expired.

- 3/2004: after receiving above notice, WLMA files renewal application.
Also requests STA to continue operation pending consideration of renewal.

- 4/20/2004: FCC grants STA but only for operation from the licensed site.

- 10/20/2004: STA expires.

- 10/24/2004: WLMA requests extension of STA.
FCC refuses to extend it.

- 4/1/2008: WLMA files for CP to move to the site from which it's already operating.
Also proposes to sell the station to a new owner.

- 7/27/2011: WLMA files again for license renewal.

- 3/26/2012: FCC confirms WLMA is *still* operating from the unauthorized site.
FCC rules WLMA license expired on December 3, 1997 and terminates all authority to operate.

edit 2012-04-11 to correct typo: "...already operation." to "...already operating."

1 comment:

low vhf tv dx qrp 28 mhz said...

its good i received wlma here in scotland before it went :-) cheers david