When WKDU filed to renew its Federal Communication Commission license in 2007, the FCC found the station was missing some important information. Now Drexel University’s student-run radio station is facing an $8,000 fine.
As The Triangle reports, the fee was lowered from $10,000 when the FCC agreed the station has been compliant in the past. But it’s not buying that WKDU can’t afford the hefty fine.
The station is charged with violating section 73.3527 of the FCC rules, because WKDU had eight missing quarterly issues and program lists between 1998 and 2006. The quarterly reports are part of the requirement for noncommercial educational radio and TV stations to maintain public inspection files.
Drexel’s arguing a number of points here, including that because no one requested the missing information, the violation is minor. The FCC isn’t backing down, and it’s not clear how the university will cover the fee.