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Lexington Station Hit With $12,800 FCC Fine

October 7, 2008:
The FCC has fined Manuel Huerta, licensee of Regional Mexican WJHX-AM/Lexington, KY, $12,800 for a late license-renewal application, for operating the station after its license expired, and for public-file violations.

The matter dates back to December 2003, when Huerta failed to file a renewal application for WJHX, whose license was due to expire in April 2004. The application was filed later in April, after the license had expired, and Huerta continued to operate the station without applying for a special temporary authorization.

When the renewal application was filed, Huerta said "No" to the question asking if the issues/programs lists had been put in the station's public file, explaining that he was new to the broadcast business and wasn't aware of the requirement. The FCC issued a fine for $16,000. Huerta in May 2005 filed a response asking for a reduction, and the FCC has now reduced the fine to $12,800, citing Huerta's history of compliance with its rules.

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