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                                   Before the

                       Federal Communications Commission

                             Washington, D.C. 20554

   In the Matter of )


   Curran Communications, Inc. ) File No. EB-11-PA-0156

   Licensee of AM Station WPAM )

   Facility ID # 14741 ) NOV No. V201232400030

   Pottsville, Pennsylvania )


                              NOTICE OF VIOLATION

   Released: February 14, 2012

   By the Acting District Director, Philadelphia Office, Northeast Region,
   Enforcement Bureau:

    1. This is a Notice of Violation (Notice) issued pursuant to Section 1.89
       of the Commission's Rules to Curran Communications, Inc. (Curran),
       licensee of AM Station WPAM in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. This Notice
       may be combined with a further action, if further action is warranted.

    2. On August 10, 2011, agents of the Commission's Philadelphia Office
       inspected AM Station WPAM in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and observed the
       following violations:

     a. 47 C.F.R. S: 11.61(b): "Tests of EAS Procedures. Entries shall be
        made in EAS Participant records, as specified in 11.35(a) and
        11.54(b)(13)." At the time of inspection, Curran was only able to
        provide the EAS logs for the period between May 23, 2011 and June 27,
        2011. Curran stated that it did not have any other EAS logs

     b. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.1590(a)(6): "The licensee of each AM, FM, TV and
        Class A TV station, except licensees of Class D non-commercial
        educational FM stations authorized to operate with 10 watts or less
        output power, must make equipment performance measurements for each
        main transmitter as follows: Annually, for AM stations, with not more
        than 14 months between measurements." Station WPAM did not have any
        equipment performance measurements available at the time of

     c. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.1201(a)(2): "Broadcast station identification
        announcements shall be made: Hourly, as close to the hour as
        feasible, at a natural breaks in program offerings..." Curran failed
        to conduct required station identification on station WPAM on the
        hours of 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM on August 10, 2011.

     d. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.1201(b)(1): "Official station identification shall
        consist of the station's call letters immediately followed by the
        community or communities specified in its license as the station's
        location; Provided, that the name of the licensee or the station's
        frequency or channel number, or both, as stated on the station's
        license may be inserted between the call letters and station
        location...." At the time of inspection, WPAM's station
        identification track, used for their station identification, did not
        include the station's community of license.

     e. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.1560(d): "Reduced power operation. In the event it
        becomes technically impossible to operate at authorized power, a
        broadcast station may operate at reduced power for a period of not
        more than 30 days without specific authority from the FCC. If
        operation at reduced power will exceed 10 consecutive days,
        notification must be made to the FCC in Washington, DC, Attention:
        Audio Division (radio) or Video Division (television), Media Bureau,
        not later than the 10th day of the lower power operation. In the
        event that normal power is restored within the 30 day period, the
        licensee must notify the FCC of the date that normal operation was
        restored. If causes beyond the control of the licensee prevent
        restoration of the authorized power within 30 days, a request for
        Special Temporary Authority (see S: 73.1635) must be made to the FCC
        in Washington, DC for additional time as may be necessary." Although
        WPAM is authorized to operate with 1000 watts of power, at the time
        of inspection, WPAM was operating at 500 watts, or 50% of its
        authorized power. Curran stated that it was operating at reduced
        power because of an equipment malfunction and admitted that it had
        not notified the Commission or filed for Special Temporary Authority.

     f. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.1800(a): "The licensee of each station must maintain
        a station log as required by S: 73.1820. This log shall be kept by
        station employees competent to do so, having actual knowledge of the
        facts required. All entries, whether required or not by the
        provisions of this part, must accurately reflect the station
        operation. Any employee making a log entry shall sign the log,
        thereby attesting to the fact that the entry, or any correction or
        addition made thereto, is an accurate representation of what
        transpired." At the time of inspection, Curran was unable to provide
        the agents with a station log for WPAM and admitted that they did not
        maintain a station log.

     g. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.1870(b)(3): "The designation of the chief operator
        must be in writing with a copy of the designation posted with the
        station license. Agreements with chief operators serving on a
        contract basis must be in writing with a copy kept in the station
        files." At the time of inspection, there was no written designation
        of a chief operator.

    3. 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. We also must investigate
       violations of other rules that apply to broadcast licensees.  Pursuant
       to Section 403 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and
       Section 1.89 of the Commission's Rules, we seek additional information
       concerning the violation(s) and any remedial actions the station may
       have taken.  Therefore, Curran Communications, Inc. 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.

    4. In accordance with Section 1.16 of the Commission's Rules, we direct
       Curran Communications, Inc. to support its response to this Notice
       with an affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury, signed and
       dated by an authorized officer of Curran Communications, Inc. with
       personal knowledge of the representations provided in Curran
       Communications, Inc.'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.

    5. 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

   Philadelphia Office

   One Oxford Valley Building, Suite 404

   2300 East Lincoln Highway

   Langhorne, Pennsylvania 19047

    6. This Notice shall be sent to Curran Communications, Inc. at its
       address of record.

    7. 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. Any false
       statement made knowingly and willfully in reply to this Notice is
       punishable by fine or imprisonment under Title 18 of the U.S. Code.


   David C. Dombrowski

   Acting District Director

   Philadelphia District Office

   Northeast Region

   Enforcement Bureau

   47 C.F.R. S: 1.89.

   47 C.F.R. S: 1.89(a).

   47 U.S.C. S: 403.

   47 C.F.R. S: 1.89(c).

   Section 1.16 of the Commission's Rules provides that "[a]ny document to be
   filed with the Federal Communications Commission and which is required by
   any law, rule or other regulation of the United States to be supported,
   evidenced, established or proved by a written sworn declaration,
   verification, certificate, statement, oath or affidavit by the person
   making the same, may be supported, evidenced, established or proved by the
   unsworn declaration, certification, verification, or statement in writing
   of such person . . . . Such declaration shall be subscribed by the
   declarant as true under penalty of perjury, and dated, in substantially
   the following form . . . : `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under
   penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on
   (date). (Signature)'." 47 C.F.R. S: 1.16.

   18 U.S.C. S: 1001 et seq. See also 47 C.F.R. S: 1.17.

   P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. S: 552a(e)(3).

   18 U.S.C. S: 1001 et seq.

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