Station hit with main studio fine


MoneyA notice of apparent liability has changed to a forfeiture order for KOMJ-AM Omaha and its licensee Cochise Broadcasting. The station was found to be lacking a meaningful human presence at its main studio.

The station is licensed to Cochise Broadcasting LLC.

According to the FCC, “Cochise ‘accepts the finding that its former main studio was not fully staffed.’”

It noted that it has built a new main studio, which has a full time receptionist and a general manager present during normal business hours.

Unfortunately, that does not get it off the hook for the earlier violation. Although the FCC didn’t specifically mention it in its release on this matter, it often points out that coming into compliance with a rule is expected, and does not excuse the infraction.

The forfeiture is in the amount of $7,000.

KOMJ is a Class C on 1490 kHz with 1 kW-U, ND. Its main contour is perfectly centered over Omaha.