A Chicago LPFM Operator Gets Fine for Unauthorized Silence


When it comes to low-power FM signals, no market perhaps comes close to Chicago in the number of licensed FM translators, LPFMs and small-wattage Class A operations that dot the landscape.

Among the many translators in the nation’s third-largest market is a 17-watt facility atop the John Hancock Tower. Its licensee is making headlines today because the FCC is dinging it with a proposed $8,000 fine. Why? The mini-station was dark without permission.

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