Attorney In Water-Drinking Death Asks FCC To Pull KDND's License
January 22, 2007 at 11:25 AM (PT)
The attorney representing the family of JENNIFER STRANGE is asking the FCC to terminate Top 40 KDND/SACRAMENTO's license and discipline parent company ENTERCOM for sponsoring the "Hold Your Wee For A Wii" contest that apparently led to STRANGE's death.
In a letter to the FCC sent late yesterday (1/21), attorney ROGER DREYER, senior partner of DREYER, BABICH, BUCCOLA AND CALLAHAM, wrote: "We believe the conduct of the radio management and on-air staff mandates that your agency terminate the radio station’s license and discipline its ownership for the wanton disregard of the safety of the participants in this contest. We believe action of this nature is required by the FCC to send a very clear and unambiguous message to radio station ownership across this country that this type of irresponsible conduct that degrades, humiliates and endangers citizens will not be tolerated. A 'death penalty' of this nature to a radio station would send a clear message to radio station owners that this type of behavior is unacceptable."
A 'death penalty' of this nature to a radio station would send a clear message to radio station owners that this type of behavior is unacceptable.
In addition to his FCC letter, DREYER said he was giving ENTERCOM until the end of WEDNESDAY to comply with his request for the station’s contestant release form, tape recordings of the program, the whereabouts of terminated staff and other information.
"We want to be fair and reasonable, but if ENTERCOM fails to preserve and provide all pertinent information, we will be filing our wrongful death suit on THURSDAY," said DREYER. "Justice for JENNIFER's family demands it. Our goal is to shut down trash media that humiliates and endangers people just to boost ratings to sell more advertising. This will end."
Read the letter in its entirety here.
An ENTERCOM representative could not be reached for comment at press time.