WIP-A Fined $4K Over 'Wing Bowl' Disqualification
July 11, 2008 at 5:04 AM (PT)
A fine of $4,000 has been issued to CBS RADIO Sports WIP-A/PHILADELPHIA, as the FCC says the station "failed to announce the material terms of a contest and neglected to conduct the contest in accordance with its material terms."
The FCC issued a notice of apparent liability in MARCH of 2007 regarding WIP's annual "Wing Bowl," after the station disqualified a contestant who had won a chance to compete in the contest. The contestant was dropped after WIP found out he belonged to the ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT COMPETITIVE EATERS -- a rival of the Wing Bowl.
The FCC said that the station admitted that it had disqualifed the contestant because of his membership in the rival group, and that the contest rules didn't state that members of eating associations other than the one sponsoring the event were ineligible.