No EAS Gear Garners KIRT $8,000 Fine
The FCC fined Bravo Broadcasting Co. $8,000 for not having working EAS equipment at KIRT(AM), Mission, Texas.
Looking into a complaint in 2011, agents from the Enforcement Bureau’s Houston office inspected KIRT and found no EAS gear at all in the main studio and no EAS logs.
Responding to an inquiry, BBC admitted the station had not had EAS equipment since 2009. The broadcaster told the commission it purchased new EAS equipment this March.
The commission proposed the base fine of $8,000 for EAS violations and also directed BBC to submit a sworn statement within 30 days that the EAS gear has been installed and that it works.
The licensee also has 30 days to appeal or pay the fine.