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This is an online version of our Public Inspection File. The main file is of course maintained at our studio location and is available for inspection during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8:30am until 5pm. You may view the file at our station, but it is the same information contained in this online version.
How to read the online version! All the information as to what is to be contained is from the FCC rules pertaining to the file. If you notice a link for any part of the file, it means that the link will take you to the information for that item. Any areas with no response will mean that there are no materials valid for that item at this time. Sections will be updated at all times, so material may be added and deleted on a regular basis as permitted by the FCC rules and regulations.
This file is for the Commercial Radio Broadcasting only and parts of the file requirements for television and non-commercial radio have been omitted.
Any comments can be sent to us through regular mail or e-mail pertaining to this file. All comments will be listed as required by the commission for the required term. You may print any part of this file or the information provided in the links. If you wish any copies from our master copy of the file at our studio, they are available as required by the FCC as noted within this file.
Contents of the File
Stations must keep the following materials in their public inspection file:
The License. Stations must keep a copy of their current FCC license in the public file, together with any material documenting FCC-approved modifications to the license. The license reflects the station's technical parameters (authorized frequency, call letters, operating power, transmitter location, etc.), as well as any special conditions imposed by the FCC on the station's operation. The license also indicates when it was issued and when it will expire.
AM 1210, WSBI, 250 watts daytime, transmitter is 2 tenths of a mile north of the highway 127/highway 111 junction at Static on the TN/KY state line. License expires 8-1-2012. You can see WSBI license info on the FCC web site.
Applications and Related Materials. The public file must contain copies of all applications filed with the FCC that are still pending before either the FCC or the courts. These include applications to sell the station (technically known as "assigning" or "transferring" the license) or to modify its facilities (for example, to increase power, change the antenna system, or change the transmitter location).
WSBI's application has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission for a power upgrade to 10,000 watts. Click on the application to see the filing with the FCC. Click on the authorization and at the bottom of the window view authorization to see the FCC grant.
Also, the station must keep copies of any construction or sales application whose grant required us to waive our rules. Applications that required a waiver, together with any related material, will reflect the particular rule(s) that we waived.
WSBI has no applications, granted or pending, that was based on any waiver of FCC rules.
The station must also keep renewal applications that we granted for less than a full license term until final grant of their next renewal application. We may grant such short-term renewals when we are concerned about the station's performance over the previous term. These concerns will be reflected in the renewal-related material in the public file.
WSBI was granted a full term license that just renewed and does not expire until August, 2012. Click on the authorization to view the authorization from the FCC.
Citizen Agreements. Stations must keep a copy of any written agreements they make with local listeners. These "citizen agreements" deal with programming, employment, or other issues of community concern. The station must keep these agreements in the public file for as long as they are in effect.
Currently, no contracts or agreements are in place that is covered in this paragraph.
Contour Maps. The public file must contain copies of any service contour maps or other information submitted with any application filed with the FCC that reflects the station's service contours and/or its main studio and transmitter location. These documents must stay in the file for as long as they remain accurate. Not all stations are required to have contour maps.
WSBI has a current contour map of coverage in the station file. No map is in a format to be viewed on this internet site. WSBI has a proposed power increase application however, that does have a proposed coverage. Click on the map to see those contours.
Material Relating to an FCC Investigation or a Complaint. Stations must keep material relating to any matter that is the subject of an FCC investigation or a complaint that the station has violated the Communications Act or our rules. The station must keep this material until we notify it that the material may be discarded. Since we are not involved in disputes regarding matters unrelated to the Communications Act or our rules, stations do not have to keep material relating to such matters in the public file.
There are no FCC investigations or complaint investigations under this section. Therefore no material is in this file concerning either of these items covered.
Click on ownership report to see the current report to the FCC.
Ownership Reports and Related Material. The public file must contain a copy of the most recent, complete Ownership Report filed for the station. This report has the names of the owners of the station and their ownership interests, lists any contracts related to the station that are required to be filed with the FCC, and identifies any interest held by the station licensee in other broadcast stations.
List of Contracts required to be filed with the FCC. Stations have to keep either a copy of all the contracts that they have to file with us, or an up-to-date list identifying all such contracts. If the station keeps a list and you ask to see copies of the actual contracts, the station must give them to you within seven days.
Contracts required to be maintained or listed in the public inspection file include:
1. contracts relating to network service (network affiliation contracts);
Currently, WSBI has no contracts or agreements with a network. The station is not an affiliate at this time.
2. contracts relating to ownership or control of the licensee or permittee or its stock. Examples include articles of incorporation, bylaws, agreements providing for the assignment of a license or permit or affecting stock ownership or voting rights (stock options, pledges, or proxies), and mortgage or loan agreements that restrict the licensee or permittee's freedom of operation;
Currently the station does not operate with agreements or contracts in place that prevents the licensee from operating or being in control of the stations operation. No other influence, dictates, controls or restricts the licensee's freedom of operation.
3. management consultant agreements with independent contractors, and station management contracts that provide for a percentage of profits or sharing of losses.
The station has no management agreement in place that allows anyone to share in the profit or loss of the station. No one is working for a percentage of ownership or voting rights concerning the stations operation.
Political File. Stations must keep a file containing records of all requests for broadcast time made by or for a candidate for public office. The file must identify how the station responded to such requests and (if the request was granted) the charges made, a schedule of the time purchased, the times the spots actually aired, the rates charged, and the classes of time purchased. The file must also reflect any free time provided to a candidate. The station must keep the political records for two years after the spot airs. You can find the political broadcasting rules elsewhere in this manual.
Annual Employment Reports and Related Material. We require all radio and TV stations to afford equal opportunity in employment. We also prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. We require stations to file reports annually describing how they have complied with these policies. However, some of the specific rules implementing these policies were struck down by the D.C. Circuit Court in 1998. As a result, we are in the process of studying them to make them consistent with the court's requirements.
The stations most recent EEO report as filed with the application for station license renewal is linked. Click on EEO File to view the latest report.
Copies of this Manual. Stations must keep a copy of this manual in the public file. You can also read it on the FCC web site.
Letters and E-Mail from the Public. Commercial stations must keep written comments and suggestions received from the public regarding their operation for at least three years. Noncommercial stations are not subject to this requirement.
WSBI encourages the public input. At this time no mail or e-mail or other written comments or suggestions have been sent to WSBI. Any member of the public may send us comments or suggestions by mail to the address listed in the "about us section" of this web site or send it to us by e-mail.
Issues/Programs List. Every three months, all stations must prepare and place in their file a list of programs that have provided their most significant treatment of community issues during the preceding three months. The list must briefly describe both the issue and the programming where the issue was discussed. The stations must keep these lists for the entire license term.
Radio Time Brokerage Agreements. A time brokerage agreement is a type of contract that generally involves a station's sale of discrete blocks of air time to a broker, who then supplies the programming to fill that time and sells the commercial spot announcements to support the programming. Commercial radio stations must keep a copy of every agreement involving: (1) time brokerage of that station; or (2) time brokerage by any other station owned by the same licensee.
WSBI does not make it a practice and is not currently involved with the any time brokerage agreements.
Local public notices were aired and filed with the newspaper for the the assignment of license in which the current licensee was granted an assignment from Hank Thomas, by the FCC, during the application process in 1999/2000. Another notice of assignment was made via a public notice airing and newspaper during the time which Small Town Radio made an attempted to aquire WSBI. They asked the FCC to dismiss their request and no assignment was made to Small Town Radio.
Local Public Notice Announcements. When someone files an application to build a new station or to renew, sell, or modify an existing station, we often require the applicant to make a series of local announcements to inform the public of the application's existence and nature. These announcements are either published in a local newspaper or made over the air on the station, and they are intended to give the public an opportunity to comment on the application. Copies of these announcements must be retained in the public inspection file.