FCC Proposes $10K Fine Vs. WFLZ For Airing Call Without Prior Permission
January 30, 2007 at 9:57 AM (PT)
The FCC issues a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for $10,000 against CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WFLZ/TAMPA for recording and airing a phone call with "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES" star NICOLETTE SHERIDAN without getting her permission first. The incident occurred on TODD "MJ KELLI" SCHNITT's morning show on NOVEMBER 18, 2004, three days after SHERIDAN's infamous appearance with TERRELL OWENS on the opening segment of ABC's MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. A listener complaint sparked the FCC proceeding, resulting in the proposed fine.
In addition, the FCC has rejected RAMA COMMUNICATIONS' petition for reconsideration and has upheld its $18,000 fine against the company for public file and EAS violations at WLAA-A/WINTER GARDEN, FL.
And in a series of actions, the FCC proposed fining several more stations $1,500 each for late license-renewal filing while granting the renewals. Among the affected licensees are MEMPHIS CITY SCHOOLS (WQOX/MEMPHIS), CHURCH FAITH TRINITY ASSEMBLIES (WZYZ/SPENCER, TN), GARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION (WGVE/GARY, IN), MORGAN COUNTY BROADCASTING COMPANY INC. (WECO-A and WECO-F/WARTBURG, TN, each station fined $1,500), TENNESSEE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (WTTU/COOKEVILLE, TN), MEADOWLAND BAPTIST CHURCH (WBLG-LP/BOWLING GREEN, KY), and BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY RADIO INC. (WFHB/BLOOMINGTON, IN).
MANCHESTER COLLEGE (WBKE/NORTH MANCHESTER, IN) got hit with a $7,000 proposed fine for late license-renewal filing and unauthorized operation after expiration of the license, but the station's license was granted. JOHN F. WARMATH (WIRJ-A/HUMBOLDT, TN) received a $3,500 proposed fine for the same violations.