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Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
East Side Broadcasting, LLC ) File No.: EB-FIELDWR-14-00013040 Licensee of Station KALQ-FM )
) NOV No.: V201432800028
Alamosa, CO )
) Facility ID: 12813
NOTICE OF VIOLATION
Released: April 10, 2014
By the District Director, Denver Office, Western Region, Enforcement Bureau:
* This is a Notice of Violation (Notice) issued pursuant to Section 1.89 of the Commission's rules (Rules) to East Side Broadcasting, LLC (ESBL), licensee of radio station KALQ-FM serving Alamosa, CO. Pursuant to Section 1.89(a) of the Rules, issuance of this Notice does not preclude the Enforcement Bureau from further action if warranted, including issuing a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for the violations noted herein.
* On December 13, 2013, an agent of the Enforcement Bureau's Denver Office inspected radio station KALQ-FM located at 292 Santa Fe Avenue, Alamosa, CO, and observed the following violations:
+ 47 C.F.R. § 11.52(d)(1): "EAS Participants must comply with the following monitoring requirements: (1) With respect to monitoring for EAS messages that are formatted in accordance with the EAS Protocol, EAS Participants must monitor two EAS sources. The monitoring assignments of each broadcast station and cable system and wireless cable system are specified in the State EAS Plan and FCC Mapbook. They are developed in accordance with FCC monitoring priorities." The Colorado State Plan for EAS specifies the monitoring assignments of Local Area 8 (San Luis). The agent inspected the EAS logs covering the period September 1 through December 13, 2013, finding that the only over-the-air signal monitored by KALQ-FM was the National Weather Service (NWS) station.
+ 47 C.F.R. § 11.61(a)(1)(i): "Required Monthly Tests of the EAS header codes, Attention Signal, Test Script and EOM code. (i) Tests in odd numbered months shall occur between 8:30 a.m. and local sunset. Tests in even numbered months shall occur between local sunset and 8:30 a.m. They will originate from Local or State Primary sources. The time and script content will be developed by State Emergency Communications Committees in cooperation with affected EAS Participants. Script content may be in the primary language of the EAS Participant. These monthly tests must be transmitted within 60 minutes of receipt by EAS Participants in an EAS Local Area or State." KALQ-FM did not receive or transmit a Required Monthly Test during the months of October and November 2013.
+ 47 C.F.R. § 11.61(a)(2)(i)(A): "Required Weekly Tests: (i) EAS Header Codes and EOM Codes: (A) Analog and digital AM, FM, and TV broadcast stations must conduct tests of the EAS header and EOM codes at least once a week at random days and times." The agent's inspection of the EAS logs during the period September 1 through December 13, 2013, revealed two weeks in which KALQ-FM did not transmit a Required Weekly Test.
+ 47 C.F.R. § 11.35(a): "EAS Participants are responsible for ensuring that EAS Encoders, EAS Decoders, Attention Signal generating and receiving equipment, and Intermediate Devices used as part of the EAS to decode and/or encode messages formatted in the EAS Protocol and/or the Common Alerting Protocol are installed so that the monitoring and transmitting functions are available during the times the stations and systems are in operation. Additionally, EAS Participants must determine the cause of any failure to receive the required tests or activations specified in § 11.61(a)(1) and (2). Appropriate entries indicating reasons why any tests were not received must be made in the broadcast station log as specified in §§ 73.1820 and 73.1840 of this chapter for all broadcast streams and cable system records as specified in §§ 76.1700, 76.1708, and 76.1711 of this chapter. All other EAS Participants must also keep records indicating reasons why any tests were not received and these records must be retained for two years, maintained at the EAS Participant's headquarters, and made available for public inspection upon reasonable request." The agent's inspection of KALQ-FM's logs revealed that the station had no records indicating that the EAS deficiencies were noticed or addressed.
* As the nation's emergency warning system, the Emergency Alert System is critical to public safety, and we recognize the vital role that broadcasters play in ensuring its success. The Commission takes seriously any violations of the Rules implementing the EAS and expects full compliance from its regulatees.
* Pursuant to Section 308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 1.89 of the Rules, we seek additional information concerning the violations and any remedial actions taken. Therefore, ESBL must submit a written statement concerning this matter within twenty (20) days of release of this Notice. The response (i) must fully explain each violation, including all relevant surrounding facts and circumstances, (ii) must contain a statement of the specific action(s) taken to correct each violation and preclude recurrence, and (iii) must include a time line for completion of any pending corrective action(s). The response must be complete in itself and must not be abbreviated by reference to other communications or answers to other notices.
* In accordance with Section 1.16 of the Rules, we direct ESBL to support its response to this Notice with an affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury, signed and dated by an authorized officer of ESBL with personal knowledge of the representations provided in ESBL's response, verifying the truth and accuracy of the information therein, and confirming that all of the information requested by this Notice which is in the licensee's possession, custody, control, or knowledge has been produced. To knowingly and willfully make any false statement or conceal any material fact in reply to this Notice is punishable by fine or imprisonment under Title 18 of the U.S. Code.
* All replies and documentation sent in response to this Notice should be marked with the File No. and NOV No. specified above, and mailed to the following address:
Federal Communications Commission
P.O. Box 25446
One Denver Federal Center - Building 1A
Lakewood, CO 80225-0446
* This Notice shall be sent to East Side Broadcasting, LLC, at its address of record.
* The Privacy Act of 1974 requires that we advise you that the Commission will use all relevant material information before it, including any information disclosed in your reply, to determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure compliance.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Nikki P. Shears