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The Price You Pay for Forgetting to Renew Your License....$7,000

February 7, 2011 - Some things just seem to silly to report. This is one of those things. How can any Radio station with an owner and one employee forget - or neglect - to renew the license to operate? The FCC doesn't take kindly to that kind of forgetfulness and whacks an Oklahoma AM with a $7,000 invoice.

In the order, the commission said KALV(AM) owned by MM&K of Alva, Inc "willfully and repeatedly violating Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934 by continuing to operate the Station after its license expired. It's the second time the station has been fined $7K for violating the same commission rule. Back in 2005 the station filed an application to renew one year after the license expired and the commission told the station "all authority to operate the station was terminated".

The station argued the fine would be a hardship. Then, the station provided the commission with federal tax returns for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005.  Returns showed the Licensee’s gross revenues of approximately $393,739, $233,445 and $174,724, respectively.  The $7,000 forfeiture in this case would represent less than three percent of Licensee’s average gross revenue over the three years for which the information was provided

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