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Released: August 2, 2013

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Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Rome Radio Partners, LLC
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File No.: EB-FIELDSCR-13-00010093
Licensee of AM Station WZOT
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NOV No.: V201332480024
Rockmart, Georgia
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Facility ID: 7041

NOTICE OF VIOLATION

Released:

August 2, 2013
By the District Director, Atlanta Office, South Central Region, Enforcement Bureau:
1.
This is a Notice of Violation (Notice) issued pursuant to Section 1.89 of the
Commission's rules (Rules)1 to Rome Radio Partners, LLC, licensee of AM Station WZOT in Rockmart,
Georgia. Pursuant to Section 1.89(a) of the Rules, issuance of this Notice does not preclude the
Enforcement Bureau from further action if warranted, including issuing a Notice of Apparent Liability for
Forfeiture for the violation(s) noted herein.2
2.
On July 23, 2013, an agent of the Enforcement Bureau's Atlanta Office inspected the
main studio of Station WZOT located in Rockmart, Georgia, and observed the following violation(s):
a.
47 C.F.R. 11.56: "Obligation to process [Common Alerting Protocol]
Cap-formatted EAS messages. (a) On or by June 30, 2012, EAS Participants
must have deployed operational equipment that is capable of the following:
(1) Acquiring EAS alert messages in accordance with the monitoring
requirements in 11.52(d)(2); (2) Converting EAS alert messages that have
been formatted pursuant to the Organization for the Advancement of
Structured Information Standards (OASIS) Common Alerting Protocol..."
The required CAP- formatted EAS equipment was not connected to a power
source.
3.
As the nation's emergency warning system, the Emergency Alert System is critical to
public safety, and we recognize the vital role that broadcasters play in ensuring its success. The


1 47 C.F.R. 1.89.
2 47 C.F.R. 1.89(a).

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Commission takes seriously any violations of the Rules implementing the EAS and expects full
compliance from its licensees.
4.
Pursuant to Section 308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,3 and
Section 1.89 of the Rules, we seek additional information concerning the violations and any remedial
actions taken. Therefore, Rome Radio Partners, LLC, must submit a written statement concerning this
matter within twenty (20) days of release of this Notice. The response (i) must fully explain each
violation, including all relevant surrounding facts and circumstances, (ii) must contain a statement of the
specific action(s) taken to correct each violation and preclude recurrence, and (iii) must include a time
line for completion of any pending corrective action(s). The response must be complete in itself and must
not be abbreviated by reference to other communications or answers to other notices.4
5.
In accordance with Section 1.16 of the Rules, we direct Rome Radio Partners, LLC to
support its response to this Notice with an affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury, signed and
dated by an authorized officer of Rome Radio Partners, LLC with personal knowledge of the
representations provided in Rome Radio Partners, LLC's response, verifying the truth and accuracy of the
information therein,5 and confirming that all of the information requested by this Notice which is in the
licensee's possession, custody, control, or knowledge has been produced. To knowingly and willfully
make any false statement or conceal any material fact in reply to this Notice is punishable by fine or
imprisonment under Title 18 of the U.S. Code.6
6.
All replies and documentation sent in response to this Notice should be marked with the
File No. and NOV No. specified above, and mailed to the following address:
Federal Communications Commission
Atlanta Office
3575 Koger Blvd., Suite 320
Duluth, GA 30096
7.
This Notice shall be sent to Rome Radio Partners, LLC. at its address of record.


3 47 U.S.C. 308(b)
4 47 C.F.R. 1.89(c).
5 Section 1.16 of the Rules provides that "[a]ny document to be filed with the Federal Communications Commission
and which is required by any law, rule or other regulation of the United States to be supported, evidenced,
established or proved by a written sworn declaration, verification, certificate, statement, oath or affidavit by the
person making the same, may be supported, evidenced, established or proved by the unsworn declaration,
certification, verification, or statement in writing of such person . . . . Such declaration shall be subscribed by the
declarant as true under penalty of perjury, and dated, in substantially the following form . . . : `I declare (or certify,
verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'."
47 C.F.R. 1.16.
6 18 U.S.C. 1001 et seq. See also 47 C.F.R. 1.17.
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8.
The Privacy Act of 19747 requires that we advise you that the Commission will use all
relevant material information before it, including any information disclosed in your reply, to determine
what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure compliance.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Douglas G. Miller
District Director
Atlanta District Office
South Central Region
Enforcement Bureau


7 P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(3).
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