Contest Problems Lead To FCC Fines
February 5, 2009 at 11:48 AM (PT)
Contest troubles have resulted in proposed and actual fines on two stations, with the FCC proposing a $6,000 fine on CBS RADIO Talk KDKA-A/PITTSBURGH and hitting ENTERCOM Top 40/Rhythmic KDGS (POWER 93.9)/WICHITA with a $4,000 fine.
KDKA's alleged violation came when host MARTY GRIFFIN joked about giving a million dollars away and a listener didn't get the joke; the Commission said that the issue is the impact on the public rather than the announcer's intent or state of mind. KDGS' violation came from the station not disclosing all the relevant rules of a "Santa's Sack" contest and an employee's mistake in disqualifying a contestant who answered correctly.
In other FCC actions, the Commission fined SAGA Classic Rock WYMG/SPRINGFIELD, IL $9,000 and Country WIXY/CHAMPAIGN $3,000 for public file violations; and AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH EDUCATION was fined $500 for a late license renewal application for low power FM WMDI-LP/LAKEWOOD, NJ.