FCC fines District 99 radio station $ 1,000 for breaking rules
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The radio station operated by Community High School District 99 has incurred $ 1,000 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for non-compliance, according to a recent consent decree with the FCC.
According to the document, recently investigated non-compliance issues involving WDGC-FM included:
- Failure to notify the FCC by day 10 at the latest in the event of a period of silence
- Fail to seek FCC clearance for any silence period longer than 30 days
- Failure to file biennial ownership reports
- Failure to submit broadcast equal employment opportunity program report with license renewal application
- Fail to upload copies of its problem and program lists to its online public inspection file
The FCC document argues that WDGC-FM has requested special temporary authorization (STA) on September 24, 2019, to remain silent during the “facility renovation and equipment replacement” process. The FCC found that WDGC-FM had already “ceased operations” on June 1, 2019, meaning the station had been silent for more than three months before requesting the STA.
On October 10, 2019, the FCC granted WDGC-FM’s request to remain silent for up to 180 days. This STA was extended on March 17, 2020, after the radio station made a request citing ongoing technical issues, according to the FCC.
A new extension was requested by radio on June 1, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The extension was granted on July 15 to be effective until December 2, 2020.
WDGC-FM was back on air on November 14, 2020, according to the FCC document.
In addition to paying the $ 1,000 fee, WDGC-FM must complete a compliance plan and submit its Equal Employment Opportunity Program report to the FCC.