FCC Probe Targets Spanish-Language Stations
January 26, 2009 at 5:10 AM (PT)
The FCC has launched an investigation into payola allegations at some of the RIO GRANDE VALLEY's most popular Spanish-language radio stations, reports THE MONITOR. But the Commission's enforcement bureau remains tight-lipped about the extent and exact nature of the probe.
The FCC recently sent out letters of inquiry questioning whether disc jockeys accepted cash payments or other gifts in exchange for guaranteeing radio airplay to certain bands or record labels, a company spokesman for one radio conglomerate said. Investigators have also met with certain radio personalities and station managers.
"We're one of a number of broadcasters who have received letters from the FCC on this matter," said ENTRAVISION COMMUNICATIONS CORP. -- owners of MCALLEN, TX Spanish-language stations KNVO (JOSE 101.1) and KKPS (QUE PASA 99.5) -- in a written statement. "We are looking into the matter and will respond and cooperate with the FCC as appropriate."
Representatives from UNIVISION RADIO -- which owns KGBT, KTBQ (RECUERDO 96.1) and KGBT-A (LA TREMENDA 1530) -- declined to comment on whether they also received the inquiry letters.
An FCC spokeswoman would not divulge a list of stations that had been targeted or say whether the investigation centered on the stations themselves or specific employees.
"It's our policy not to discuss ongoing investigations," she said.