FCC Rejects Challenge To Three L.A. AM License Renewals
December 14, 2007 at 9:42 AM (PT)
The FCC has rejected several informal objections to the license renewals of MULTICULTURAL RADIO's Chinese simulcast KAZN-A/PASADENA-LOS ANGELES and KAHZ-A/POMONA-LOS ANGELES and Chinese KMRB-A/SAN GABRIEL-LOS ANGELES. One objection complained of the licensee's participation in a fundraiser for local politician MICHAEL ANTONOVICH's charitable foundation; another alleged that KMRB failed to air pre- and post-filing renewal announcements and that one host gets preferential treatment; and another complainant told the Commission that the station wants to kill him and is airing fake news reports about other people being murdered, dying, or having Alzheimer's because they want him dead and he has Alzheimer's as well.
However, in a separate ruling, the FCC has slapped KAZN with a proposed $12,000 fine for contest violations. In one case, a contest at a live event was allegedly rigged by the station's Sales Manager so that station employees won the top four prizes; in another, employees anf friends of the same manager allegedly called in from inside the station to win LAS VEGAS trips; and in a third instance, the station allegedly promised to give away five TV sets but only gave one away. The Commission denied the first contest complaint because it was not a licensee-conducted contest, but noted that in the second, two ineligible participants, the wife of a station employee and a sales associate at the station, won prizes in violation of the station's contest rules, and in the third, the station admitted to having given away only two of the promised five TV sets, blaming the sponsor for not coming through with all five items.
The Commission also approved a Consent Decree to allow PHILIP E. and ELLEN N. KUHLMAN to assign the license of WYAC/CHRISTIANSTED, VI to THE RAIN BROADCASTING, INC. While the Commission dismissed most complaints against the transfer, including an objection by some Senators in the VIRGIN ISLANDS Legislature complaining about the station allowing a candidate for the VIRGIN ISLANDS Constitutional Convention to host a show a day before the election, and other complaints alleging political bias, the Consent Decree resolves a possible unauthorized transfer of control and main studio rule violation. RAIN is paying a voluntary contribution of $8,000 and the KUHLMANS are paying $15,000 to the U.S. Treasury to resolve the situation.