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Columbia Regional Office 
9200 Farm House Lane 
Columbia, Maryland 21046 
(301) 725-1996 
December 8, 2017
Robin R. Dunham
Carthage, Illinois 
Case Number:  EB-FIELDNER-17-00024522 
On June 28, 2017, in response to a complaint, an Agent from the Chicago Office of the Federal 
Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) inspected 
an AM station that was operating on the frequency 990 kHz from Antenna Structure Number 
1009006 in Carthage, Illinois.  The Agent conducted the inspection with you, the owner of Ralla 
Broadcasting Company, Inc. (Ralla), which previously held a license for WCAZ, an AM radio 
station, and found that you were operating a Harris SX-1A transmitter on frequency 990 kHz 
with an output power of 975 Watts.  
Upon further investigation, the Agent found that on April 21, 2017, the Commission issued a 
letter to Ralla dismissing the license renewal application for WCAZ and cancelling the license to 
operate the station because Ralla failed to pay its delinquent debt owed to the Commission.  The 
Commission further stated it deleted the station’s call letters and that any operation of the AM 
station on 990 kHz is unauthorized and must cease immediately.  During the June 28, 2017 
inspection, the Agent informed you that you had no authority to operate the AM station on 
frequency 990 kHz and, therefore must discontinue operation immediately.  You refused to cease 
operating the AM station.
You are hereby warned that the operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid radio 
station authorization constitutes a violation of the Federal laws and could subject the operator to 
severe penalties, including, but not limited to, substantial monetary fines, in rem arrest action 
against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions, including imprisonment.
 See 47 U.S.C. §§ 401, 501, 503 and 510.
You have ten (10) days from the date of this notice to respond with any evidence that you have 
authority to operate granted by the FCC.  Your response should be sent to the address in the 
letterhead and reference the listed case number.  Under the Privacy Act of 1974,
 we are 
informing you that the Commission’s staff will use all relevant material information before it to 
determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure your compliance with FCC 
Rules.  This will include any information that you disclose in your reply.
You may contact this office if you have any questions.
David C. Dombrowski 
Regional Director 
Region One 
Enforcement Bureau 
Federal Communications Commission 
Excerpts from the Communications Act of 1934, as amended 
Enforcement Bureau, “Inspection Fact Sheet,” March 2005 
 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3).