FCC Proposes Fines On Four Stations For Contest Violations
March 2, 2007 at 3:46 PM (PT)
ENTERCOM's Top 40/Rhythmic KDGS (POWER 93.9)/WICHITA gets hit with a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for $4,000 for failing to award a $1,000 prize to a contestant who got the answer in the "Guess What Is In the Santa Sack" contest correct and for failing to broadcast the material rules of the contest on the air.
Also getting the same fine is ACCESS.1's Oldies WTKU-F (OLDIES 98)/OCEAN CITY-ATLANTIC CITY, where a listener trying to be the eighth caller for a contest got through as the seventh caller, called back, and was told he was still the seventh caller because he'd used multiple lines, although there was no rule against using multiple phone lines.
CBS Sports WIP-A/PHILADELPHIA got hit with a $4,000 NAL for a violation tied to the station's popular "WING BOWL." A contestant who won one of the station's "Wing Offs" to earn a slot in the main competition had his slot taken away because the station discovered he was a member of a professional competitive eating organization that competes with the main competitive eating group that works with WIP's event; the station also said that since the contestant didn't live in the PHILADELPHIA area and the contest is open to "station listeners," he could not qualify because he was not a listener. The Commission ruled that the criteria used for disqualification did not appear in the official rules.
And SAGA's Classic Rock WAQY (ROCK 102)/SPRINGFIELD, MA also got a $4,000 NAL for failing to deliver all of the promised prizes to the winner of an AEROSMITH contest in a timely manner. The station delivered the cash portion in a month, but a memorabilia prize was not delivered until after the winner contacted the FCC.
More Fines: Airing Phone Call Without Permission, EAS, Tower Fences
In fines not involving contests, WMGO BROADCASTING CORP. INC. was served with an NAL for $8,000 for broadcasting a recorded telephone conversation on WMGO/CANTON, MS without permission and without informing the individual he was being recorded.
RAMA COMMUNICATIONS INC. has been hit with a $15,000 fine for EAS and tower fencing violations at WTIR-A/COCOA BEACH, FL.
And the Commission upheld an $8,000 fine against FARMWORKERS EDUCATIONAL RADIO NETWORK for EAS violations at KCEC/WELLTON, AZ.