FCC Proposes Fines On WSKQ, WXDJ For Phone Prank
October 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM (PT)
The FCC has proposed fines of $16,000 each against two subsidiaries of SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM for taping and airing a prank call twice without prior permission. WXDJ LICENSING INC., licensee of Tropical WXDJ (EL ZOL 95.7)/MIAMI, and WSKQ LICENSING, INC., licensee of Tropical WSKQ (MEGA 97.9)/NEW YORK, were fined over a prank call telling a woman that her husband and daughter's dead bodies were at a hospital. The stations claimed that the pranks were obtained from a third party, RUBEN ITHIER (RAMON SIERRA), who performed the prank and sold the bit to the stations for their "EL VACILON DE LA MANANA" morning show.
The Commission also fined RAMA COMMUNICATIONS Regional Mexican WLAA-A/OCOEE-ORLANDO, FL $16,000 for EAS violations. In addition, the Commission granted a license to cover to COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH for FM translator W230BH/MONTAUK, NY, waiving the rule that declares a license expired after non-operation for 12 consecutive months, and denied a challlenge by PROJET LA METROPOLE/THE METROPOLE PROJECT to the grant of LPFMS WVVD-LP/EAST TAMPA, FL and WQRD-LP/GIBSONTON, FL.