SBS Draws Another Fine For Prank Call
April 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM (PT)
The FCC has issued a $16,000 fine to SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM (WXDJ LICENSING, INC.) for airing a prank call on Tropical WXDJ (EL ZOL 95.7)/MIAMI without prior consent of the called party, based on the same bit that drew an identical fine for sister Tropical WSKQ (LA MEGA 97.9)/NEW YORK.
Both fines were the result of an on-air phone prank aired on the stations' "EL VACILON DE LA MANANA" morning show produced by RUBIN ITHIER under contract, in which a woman was called and told her husband had been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and died at the hospital. WXDJ admitted that it aired the call but contended that other fines for similar violations were lower and the economy and lower revenues warranted a decrease in the fine.
New Noncomm WIns Permit, Two Others Nixed
The FCC also granted the application of CATHOLIC RADIO NETWORK, INC. for a new noncommercial FM in DEKALB, MS, over the competing application and Petition for Reconsideration of GREENE/SUMTER ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY and another competing application and Petition for Reconsideration by the BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. The three applications were considered mutually exclusive; GREENE/SUMTER contended that its application did not conflict with CATHOLIC RADIO NETWORK's and would win in a comparative hearing over the University's application. The Commission found GREENE/SUMTER's petition procedurally improper and denied the University's petition.