Mt. Rushmore Fined $60,000
Broadcaster cited for public inspection file violations
February 28, 2013
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
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.