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Religious AM radio station facing $25K FCC fine

Religious radio broadcaster Nueva Victoria, located on the AM dial’s 1350 slot, is facing a $25,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission for failing to keep up its end of the deal in a settlement agreement reached with the regulatory agency in 2008.

The Vega Baja station owned by A Radio Company Inc. could be required to pay that amount, which is about $10,000 more than the original penalty the FCC levied in 2008 following a probe into possible violations regarding tower fencing, public inspection file requirements, and operating with an unauthorized antenna pattern.

However, the FCC agreed to cut Nueva Victoria some slack, consenting to end the investigation if the station agreed to voluntarily contribute $8,000 to the U.S. Treasury in June 2008 and submit a compliance report to the commission by May 2010 certifying that it was living up to the agreement, Radio World online reported last week.

Matters apparently took a turn for the worst when A Radio reportedly tried to make the payment with a check rejected for insufficient funds, the FCC’s enforcement bureau said. The broadcaster also failed to submit its compliance report.

The FCC said this week that violating such an agreement is “particularly serious” and  has now said Radio A is apparently liable for a $25,000 penalty, Radio World said.

Nueva Victoria has 30 days to explain why the penalty should be reduced or cancelled, or pay the amount, as per the FCC’s customary proceedings.

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