FCC Proposes Emergency Alerts Fine for Alaskan Broadcaster

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By Ayanna Alexander

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $66,000 fine July 19 against Alaskan radio broadcaster Kenai Educational Media for alleged violations of Emergency Alert System (EAS) requirements.

The company, which operates FM station KIBH-FM in Seward, Alaska, allegedly sent out EAS alerts intended for another geographic area and failed to monitor at least two EAS sources, according to the agency. EAS is the system broadcasters and cable, wireless and satellite service providers use to send alerts and warnings to the public during local and national emergencies.

The operator also failed to maintain required records and did not respond to numerous notices from the FCC, according to an FCC statement.

KIBH general manager Wolfgang Kurtz told Bloomberg BNA July 19 “at the time there was a change of management and the original letter was lost in the shuffle. It just wasn’t a timely response to the FCC and we’re just going have to deal with it.”

Kenai has 30 days to respond to the fine notice.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ayanna Alexander in Washington at aalexander@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at kperine@bna.com

For More Information

The FCC notice proposing the fine is available at: http://src.bna.com/qVU

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