WHIZ Bang: Seller Offered Fine For List Of Flub Problems / Programs

In April, RBR+TVBR first reported the purchase of an NBC affiliate serving Zanesville, Ohio, by Marquee Broadcasting by Brian and Patricia Lane in a transaction that saw Greg Guy of Patrick Communications acts as the seller’s exclusive broker.

With approval of this agreement yet to come, the FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to the seller of the station for failing to properly upload its problem/program listings to the FCC’s OPIF online platform. .

WHIZ-18, which uses Digital Channel 40 and offers COZI TV on its DT2 multicast channel, saw its current licensee — WHIZ Media Group southeast Ohio parent television system – get the NALF for apparently failing to file the television station’s quarterly issue/program listings in a timely manner and for violating section 73.3514(a) of FCC rules by failing to report such violations in its license renewal application.

As such, SE Ohio TV System could be subject to a $6,000 fine.

Specifically, the owner of WHIZ uploaded one listing over a year late and seven listings between a month and a year late. He provided no explanation for his inability to upload these issue/program lists in a timely manner, nor did he close this in his WHIZ license renewal application.

An inspection by staff from WHIZ-TV’s OPIF video division revealed the problem.

WHIZ is sold with WHIZ AM 1240 and W272EE at 102.3MHz; Class B1 WHIZ-FM at 92.7 MHz and class A WZVL-FM at 103.7 MHz in a $10.5 million deal.