Two Clusters Fined By FCC For EEO Violations
December 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM (PT)
The FCC's Media Bureau has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for $9,000 plus three years' worth of reporting conditions on the license of iHEARTMEDIA's CAPSTAR TX LLC for EEO violations at its SAVANNAH cluster, AC WYKZ (98.7 THE RIVER), Urban AC WLVH (LOVE 101.1), Urban WQBT (94.1 THE BEAT), Top 40 WAEV (97.3 KISS FM), News-Talk WTKS-A, and Gospel WSOK-A. The FCC said that "t during the reporting periods, the Licensee filled 13 full-time vacancies at its Stations and failed to recruit widely for four vacancies, instead relying solely on its Internet website and walk-ins to fill three vacancies, and its Internet website, walk-ins, and word-of-mouth referrals to fill one vacancy.... relying solely on job postings on its website, on the licensee’s own private contacts, such as word-of-mouth referrals, and on walk-in applicants does not constitute recruitment as contemplated under the Commission’s Rules, which require public outreach." The Commission did, however, renew the licenses.
The Commission also issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for $5,000 and reporting conditions for similar EEO violations at the DAVIDSON MEDIA stations in the RICHMOND market, Gospel WREJ-A (REJOICE 1540), Spanish Hits WVNZ-A (SELECTA 1320), News-Talk WLEE-A, and Regional Mexican WTOX-A (LA GRAN D), alleging that " during the reporting period, the Licensees filled six full-time vacancies at its Stations and failed to recruit publicly for three of them, relying solely on walk-ins to fill one vacancy and client/employee referrals to fill two vacancies."