RAPID CITY, SD – The Federal Communications Commission has come to an agreement with Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting, Inc, owner of six stations in South Dakota and Wyoming, to settle on a $25,000 fine under a Consent Decree for numerous violations, including not having a full-time management and staff presence at the main studio of two of its stations during regular business hours, failing to allow an FCC agent to inspect the stations, operation out of compliance with the station’s authorized parameters, operation of an STL at an unauthorized location and three others without authorization, incomplete public files at four stations, and absence of red obstruction lighting and failure to notify the FCC of a lighting outage. The Commission previously issued several proposed fines against the group; the present action brings those proceedings to an apparent end.
The Consent Decree stipulates that while the fine will be $25,000 due to a demonstrated inability to pay, a further penalty of $134,500 will become due if Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting, Inc defaults by violating the rules within a three year probationary period. Stations involved include Silent KZMX-AM&FM/Hot Springs, SD; and Classic Rock KASS-FM, Silent KHOC-FM , KQLT-FM, Silent KMLD-FM, and WLP22; Casper, Wyoming.
Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting, Inc principal Jan Charles Gray also owns the tower in Hot Springs, SD subject to the lighting violations.