Why Small Market Owner is Out
One radio owner is so ticked off at the FCC and the state of the broadcasting business in general, he’s turned in his license.
Radio Dalhart’s George Chambers filed a “Notice of Suspension of Operations” with the commission this week, telling the agency his station actually went dark in April.
KXQK-FM is licensed to Comstock, Texas. It had an ERP of 6,000 watts @ 328’ HAAT.
Under “reason for going silent,” which could be for technical, financial, staffing or programming reasons, he checked off “other,” telling the commission he’s surrendering his CP and asking for the call sign to be deleted.
Telling the agency he began as a DJ in 1972, the moved to engineering and has been an owner since 1982. “Over the years I have seen the Federal Communications Commission go from a governing and licensing agency to a money grabbing small business killer with unjustified regulatory fee increases yearly and the threat of excessive fines daily,” he writes.
He cites obstacles preventing him from building a new station from environmental, tribal and others “created by the FCC and government agencies have all but shut down many projects before they can even begin.” Constructing a new tower site is just not feasible for small broadcasters, he says.
Chambers thanks the FCC staff for their help but says he is “out of steam.”