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02.28.2013 02:02 PM
Mt. Rushmore Fined $60,000
Broadcaster cited for public inspection file violations
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission has fined Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting $60,000 for public inspection file violations. The commission also upgraded a penalty for Pierre Nixon Jean for operating a pirate station.


The Mt. Rushmore case involves four FMs in the Casper, Wyo. market: KASS, KHOC, KMLD and KQLT. During an inspection in 2011, FCC agents found the stations’ public inspection files were each missing at least 20 issues/program lists since the stations’ licenses were last renewed in 2005.

The broadcaster has 30 days to submit a sworn statement to the commission detailing actions the radio owner has taken to come into compliance; Mt. Rushmore also has 30 days to appeal, or pay the fines.

Jean’s previous $15,000 fine for operating an unauthorized station on 92.5 MHz in West Palm Beach, Fla. has been upgraded to a forfeiture because he didn’t respond to the original notice, according to the commission. He too, has 30 days to pay, but if he does not, his case may be turned over to the Justice Department for collection.

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Posted by: Anonymous
Tue, 03-05-2013 02:46 AM Report Comment
I know this will meet eyeballs rolling, but nowhere in the official FCC write-up, does it say that he was interfering ... it just says he didn't have a license. And when the officially licensed stations crow about "localism" they actually site the one hour a week they turn off their computer. If the pirate thought that he could play he CD's on a licensed station, he would have done so, free of charge, and there would be no need for him to pirate. So, how many stations have been licensed in my community from Washington DC, that could do this, instead of re-re-running the same old 70's & 80's songs from some damn computer? Answer: All of them. And it wouldn't cost them a cent!

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