Phone Call Leads To Fine For Montana Station
November 15, 2005 at 11:52 AM (PT)
You still can't put phone calls on the air without the other party's prior consent, so KOFI, INC.'s Classic Rock KZMN (THE MONSTER)/KALISPELL, MT gets a $4,000. fine from the FCC for a call between the station's PAUL GRAY and listener LISA SIMMER that GRAY aired live and, later, on tape; SIMMER, through a co-worker, had called to complain about a turkey being dangled from a window at the station and GRAY told her that the station was running a promotion called "Save the Turkey" to raise donations for a food bank and that she should quit complaining and listen to the station.
The station said GRAY thought she had called in on the on-air donation line; nevertheless, because he replayed the call later after he was ostensibly aware she did not call in to donate, the station fired GRAY and adopted a written policy regarding the airing of calls. The FCC reduced the fine from $6,000. due to the station's previous record of compliance.