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                       CONSENT DECREE

1.   The Enforcement Bureau (the  ``Bureau'') of the Federal 
   Communications Commission (``Commission'' or ``FCC'') and 
   Natchez Communications,  Inc. (``Natchez'')  hereby enter 
   into this Consent Decree  for the purpose  of terminating 
   forfeiture  proceedings  arising  from  an  investigation 
   related to Natchez's alleged  failure to paint  and light 
   properly the tower for  Natchez's FM radio  station WTYJ, 
   Fayette, Mississippi (the ``Station'').

                            BACKGROUND

2.   On March 19, 1999, an  agent from the FCC's New Orleans 
   Field Office (``Field Office'') inspected the Station and 
   determined that the  Station was  not in  compliance with 
   the Commission's  Rules (``Rules'')  in that  the antenna 
   structure registration  number  was  not  displayed,  the 
   structure's  lights   were   not   functioning  and   the 
   structure's paint was faded  and chipped such that  it no 
   longer provided sufficiently  good visibility.   On March 
   31, 1999, the Field  Office issued a Notice  of Violation 
   (``NOV'') to Natchez citing these deficiencies.
3.   Natchez responded  to the  NOV.  On  July 8,  1999, the 
   Field  Office  issued  a  Notice  of  Apparent  Liability 
   (``NAL''), which proposed imposing  a monetary forfeiture 
   of Ten Thousand  Dollars ($10,000) for  willful violation 
   of Section 73.1213(b)  of the  Rules (antenna  tower with 
   defective  paint  and  non-functioning   lighting).1   On 
   August 9, 1999, Natchez opposed the NAL on the basis that 
   the violations were not willful and,  in the alternative, 
   requested reduction in  the forfeiture to  $1,000, citing 
   financial hardship of the Station.
4.   On March  3, 2000,  the Bureau released  its Forfeiture 
   Order,2 in  which it  reduced the  forfeiture to  $5,000.  
   Natchez sought reconsideration of the Forfeiture Order.
5.   On  August 17,  2000,  the Bureau  issued a  Memorandum 
   Opinion and Order in  which it denied  Natchez's petition 
   for reconsideration  and affirmed  the imposition  of the 
   $5,000 forfeiture.3  
6.   On September  7, 2000,  the Field  Office issued  a new 
   Notice  of  Apparent  Liability   for  Forfeiture  (``NAL 
   II''),4  in  which   it  cited  Natchez   for  continuing 
   violations of Sections 17.4(g) and 17.50 of the Rules and 
   concluded  that  Natchez  was  apparently  liable  for  a 
   forfeiture of $16,000.  This  action was based on  a July 
   21, 2000, inspection of the Station.
7.   On September  12, 2000,  Natchez reported to  the FCC's 
   Mass Media Bureau that  it intended temporarily  to cease 
   operation of  the  Station  in  order  to  dismantle  the 
   original antenna  tower  that  was  the  subject  of  the 
   Forfeiture Order  and  move  the  Station's  transmission 
   equipment to a new antenna site and tower.5
8.   On September 14, 2000, Natchez completed the demolition 
   of the antenna  tower that  had been  the subject  of the 
   Forfeiture Order.
9.   On  September 18,  2000, Natchez  filed a  petition for 
   further reconsideration of  the Forfeiture Order  and the 
   Memorandum Opinion and Order.
10.  On September 29, 2000, Natchez reported to the FCC that 
   it completed construction of its modified facilities6 and 
   had resumed operation of the Station  pursuant to program 
   test authority, 17 days after discontinuing operations.
11.  Natchez is  currently the  defendant in  a condemnation 
   and  ejectment   action   brought   by  the   Mississippi 
   Department of Transportation  (``MDOT''), which  seeks to 
   condemn the  existing  Natchez  tower site.7   Presently, 
   Natchez has  accrued  approximately  $50,000 in  expenses 
   that it will  seek to  have reimbursed  by MDOT,  but for 
   which there  is no  certainty that  MDOT will  reimburse.  
   MDOT has informed Natchez that it will  have to return to 
   court to obtain reimbursement of such expenses.

                           DEFINITIONS

12.  For the purposes of  this Consent Decree, the following 
   definitions shall apply:

     (a)  The  ``Commission'' or  ``FCC'' means  the Federal 
        Communications Commission.
     (b)  The ``Bureau'' means the Enforcement Bureau of the 
        FCC.
     (c)  ``Natchez'' means Natchez  Communications, Inc., a 
        FCC licensee in the FM radio broadcast service.
     (d)  ``First   Enforcement   Proceeding''   means   the 
        investigation  of  and  the  series  of  FCC  orders 
        concerning the conduct cited in the NOV, culminating 
        with the Forfeiture Order.
     (e)  ``Second   Enforcement   Proceeding''  means   the 
        investigation  of  and  the  series  of  FCC  orders 
        concerning the conduct cited in the NAL II.
     (f)  The  ``Order'' means  the Bureau's  order adopting 
        this Consent Decree.
     (g)  The ``Act'' means the  Communications Act of 1934, 
        as amended, 47 U.S.C.  151 et seq.
     (h)  The  ``Station''  refers  to  Natchez's  FM  radio 
        station, WTYJ, Fayette, Mississippi.
     (i)  ``Effective Date''  refers to the date  upon which 
        the Order is released by the FCC.
                          AGREEMENT

13.  Natchez  acknowledges and  agrees that  the Bureau  has 
   jurisdiction over the matters referenced  in this Consent 
   Decree and  that the  Bureau has  the authority  to enter 
   into and adopt this Consent Decree. 
14.  Natchez and  the Bureau agree that  this Consent Decree 
   does not constitute an adjudication of the merits, or any 
   finding on  the  facts or  law  regarding any  violations 
   committed by Natchez arising out of  the First and Second 
   Enforcement Proceedings.
15.  Natchez  shall make  a  voluntary  contribution to  the 
   United States  Treasury  in  the  amount of  $8,000  (the 
   ``Contribution Payment''),  payable  in  installments  as 
   follows: (a)  $4,000  within  45  calendar  days  of  the 
   Effective Date;  and (b)  $4,000  within 90  days of  the 
   Effective Date.
16.  Natchez agrees  to implement procedures to  ensure that 
   the Station's  antenna tower  remains in  compliance with 
   the Rules regarding antenna tower  painting and lighting, 
   including contracting for regular maintenance  of the new 
   antenna tower, and will secure the  antenna tower site to 
   prevent vandalism or  other damage  to the  antenna tower 
   that might prevent the tower from  being properly lighted 
   at  all  times  (the  ``Compliance  Program'').   Natchez 
   agrees either  to maintain  a  daily log  of tower  light 
   observations for one year following the Effective Date or 
   present a certification to the FCC  that it has installed 
   an automatic alarm system that would  notify its staff of 
   tower light  outages  or  other  problems.   On  request, 
   Natchez will make either the daily log or automatic alarm 
   system records available to the FCC.  
17.  Natchez has  participated in the  Alternative Broadcast 
   Inspection Program (``ABIP'') and  received a Certificate 
   of Compliance  dated  November  20,  2000,  following  an 
   inspection of  the  Station facilities.   Notwithstanding 
   Natchez's  ABIP  Certificate   of  Compliance,   the  FCC 
   expressively reserves  its right  to inspect  the Station 
   (and related  structures)  for tower-related  violations.  
   Nothing in this Consent  Decree and adopting  order limit 
   the FCC's  right  to  inspect  the Station  (and  related 
   structures) for Act or Rule violations.
18.  Further,  Natchez will  further  designate one  Natchez 
   employee as the point of contact  for all matters related 
   to  the  license,  and  will  notify   the  FCC  of  this 
   assignment.  Natchez hereby designates Diana Nutter, Vice 
   President  of   Natchez,   as   the  employee   initially 
   responsible for  the Compliance  Program.  Natchez  shall 
   notify the  Enforcement  Bureau at  such  time  as a  new 
   employee is responsible for the Compliance Program.
19.  Natchez and the Bureau  acknowledge and agree that this 
   Consent  Decree  shall  constitute   a  final  settlement 
   between them  of  the First  and  the Second  Enforcement 
   Proceedings. 
20.  In    express   reliance    on   the    covenants   and 
   representations contained  in  this  Consent Decree,  the 
   Bureau agrees  to  terminate  the  First and  the  Second 
   Enforcement Proceedings at such time as the Bureau adopts 
   this Consent Decree.
21.  In consideration  for the termination of  the First and 
   Second Enforcement  Proceedings,  Natchez  agrees to  the 
   terms,  conditions,  and  procedures   detailed  in  this 
   Consent Decree.
22.  In  the absence  of material  new evidence,  the Bureau 
   agrees not  to  institute, on  its  own  motion, any  new 
   proceeding, formal  or  informal,  of  any  kind  against 
   Natchez for the specific violations which are the subject 
   of the First and Second Enforcement Proceedings.
23.  In the  event that the  FCC or its  delegated authority 
   find that Natchez  violates Sections 17.4(g),  17.50, and 
   73.1213(b) of the Rules subsequent to the release of this 
   Consent Decree and Order, Natchez agrees  that the FCC or 
   its  delegated  authority  may  consider  the  violations 
   documented  in   the   First   and   Second   Enforcement 
   Proceedings when determining an appropriate sanction.
24.  Natchez waives any  and all rights it may  have to seek 
   administrative  or   judicial  reconsideration,   review, 
   appeal or stay, or to otherwise  challenge or contest the 
   validity of this  Consent Decree  and the  Order adopting 
   this  Consent  Decree,  provided  the  Order  adopts  the 
   Consent Decree without modification.
25.  Natchez and the Bureau  agree that the effectiveness of 
   this Consent Decree is expressly contingent upon issuance 
   of the  Order,  provided  the  Order adopts  the  Consent 
   Decree without modification.
26.  Natchez and  the Bureau  agree that,  in the  event any 
   court of  competent  jurisdiction  renders  this  Consent 
   Decree invalid, the Consent Decree shall  become null and 
   void and  may not  be used  in  any manner  in any  legal 
   proceeding.
27.  Natchez and the  Bureau agree that, if the  FCC, or the 
   United States  on behalf  of the  FCC, brings  a judicial 
   action to enforce  the terms of  the Order  adopting this 
   Consent Decree, neither Natchez nor the  FCC will contest 
   the validity of the Consent Decree  or Order, and Natchez 
   will waive any  statutory right to  a trial de  novo with 
   respect to the matter upon which the  Order is based, and 
   shall consent to  a judgment  incorporating the  terms of 
   this Consent Decree.
28.   Natchez  agrees to waive  any claims it  may otherwise 
   have under the  Equal Access to  Justice Act, 5  U.S.C.  
   504 and 47 C.F.R.  1.1501 et seq.
29.  Natchez agrees that any violation of the Consent Decree 
   or the Order adopting this Consent Decree will constitute 
   a separate violation of a FCC order, entitling the FCC to 
   exercise  any  rights  and  remedies   attendant  to  the 
   enforcement of a FCC order.
30.  Any  provision of  this Consent  Decree affected  by or 
   inconsistent with any subsequent Rule or order adopted by 
   the FCC will be superseded by such FCC Rule or order.
31.  This Consent Decree may be signed in counterparts.

      
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION


By:                                                         
     David H. Solomon                        Date
     Chief, Enforcement Bureau



NATCHEZ COMMUNICATIONS, INC.



By:                                                          
     James Nutter                            Date
     President
_________________________

1     47 C.F.R.  73.1213(b), which requires broadcast 
licensees to comply with the FCC's tower painting and 
lighting rules.  See 47 C.F.R.  17.23 and 17.1213.

2     Natchez Communications, Inc., 15 FCC Rcd 4628 (Enf.  
Bur. 2000).

3     Natchez Communications, Inc., 15 FCC Rcd 18798 (Enf. 
Bur.  2000) (hereinafter ``Memorandum Opinion and Order'').

4      Natchez Communications,  Inc.  File No.  EB-00-OR-134 
(Enf. Bur., New Orl. Office, rel. Sept. 7, 2000).

5     See File No.  BMPH-1990511IE.  See also Public Notice, 
Report No.  94078, released July  7, 1999, wherein  the Mass 
Media Bureau approved an  application for minor modification 
of  the Station's  facilities  to relocate  the antenna  and 
transmitter to a new tower.

6     See File No. BMPH-1990511IE.

7       MDOT,   through   the   Mississippi   Transportation 
Commission, moved for a formal ejectment of the Station from 
its    original   location.     Mississippi   Transportation 
Commission v.  Natchez Communications, Inc.,  Chancery Court 
of Jefferson County, Mississippi, Cause No. 98-0152.