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Cumulus Station in PA Hit With $10,000 NAL.

February 28, 2011

Ever sit quietly in your GM chair wondering if an FCC inspector would ever walk through the front door and ask the receptionist to see the public file? It's so rare that a listener or community member ever asks for a peak at the files, why would the FCC care about us? Especially us little guys in a small town, off a beaten path. Well, this story may make you get up out of your chair and make sure things are up to date and ready for a look see.

The Commission says this Notice of Apparent Liability is for Cumulus' Mercer, PA station WWIZ. On November 17, 2009, an agent from the Enforcement Bureau’s Philadelphia Office conducted an inspection with Station WWIZ’s chief operator and station market manager at the station’s main studio in Youngstown, Ohio.  The agent reviewed the materials in WWIZ’s public inspection file and found that the station was missing nine quarterly issues/programs lists, i.e., all quarterly issues/programs lists since the Commission granted Station WWIZ's renewal application on June 22, 2007.

Stations must maintain, for public inspection, a file containing quarterly issues materials. The file needs to be available for public inspection at any time during regular business hours. The list of programs outlines the station’s most significant treatment of community issues during the preceding three-month period.  Cumulus has 30 days to pay or appeal.