Rocking M Media must pay a civil fine of $ 7,000 by January 1 for failing to meet FCC minimum operating requirements.

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Rocking M Media’s inability to keep its Wichita-area radio stations on the air full-time has frustrated listeners, and the FCC apparently doesn’t like it either.

the the company must pay a civil fine of $ 7,000 by January 1 for failure to meet FCC minimum operating requirements.

Rocking M has applied for the renewal of six stations and one FM translator and has requested consent to assign KKGQ’s license, FM-92.3-FM, to Pinnacle Media. As part of the renewal process, Rocking M had to answer questions about its operating condition and rule violations.

In 2020, the FCC learned that some of the stations were silent and contacted Rocking M, who then requested and obtained permission for some stations to remain silent.

Rocking M told the FCC that the silence was the result of financial problems, an eviction and the failure to sell a number of its stations, among others.

In 2019, The Eagle reported that an agreement with Wichita’s new Allied media partners to acquire Rocking M Media’s six radio stations in the Wichita area had collapsed and the stations had ceased broadcasting.

They included KKGQ, KIBB, 97.1-FM, KVWF, 100.5-FM, KWME, 92.7-FM, Wellington’s KLEY, 100.3-FM and 1130-AM, and Winfield’s KKLE, 1550-AM.

In 2020, Rocking M received temporary special permission for certain stations to remain silent during certain times, but other times were not approved.

In a December 23 consent decree, the FCC found that granting the KKGQ license to Pinnacle Media serves the public good. However, stations that have experienced significant silences – KKLE, KLEY, KVWF, KWME, and FM translator K262CQ – will be renewed for only one year instead of a full renewal.

Rocking M CEO Monte Miller did not respond to a call for comment.

Carrie Rengers has been a journalist for more than three decades, including almost 20 years with the Wichita Eagle. Sound did you hear? Column of business scoops operates five days a week in The Eagle. If you have any advice, please email or tweet or call 316-268-6340.