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  • #41

    Craig_Adams
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    This from All Access:


    FCC Fines Stations For Recording Call Without Permission, Airing Ads On Noncomm


    NASSAU BROADCASTING III, LLC gets one FCC slap on the way out the door of its ownership of Classic Hits WWEG (106.9 THE EAGLE)/HAGERSTOWN, MD with a proposed $2,000 fine for recording a telephone call for broadcast without prior notice to the other party. The complaint involved the PHIL AND ARIANNA Show on MAY 27, 2011, on which two calls were made with the recipient allegedly unaware and not giving consent beforehand. The complainant alleged that NASSAU attempted to “bait [complainant] into a conversation regarding a previous dispute with a neighboring business which conducts considerable business with [NASSAU].” NASSAU admitted that the first call was recorded but said that the recording stopped when consent was denied and the call was never aired. Not airing the call is not considered exculpatory evidence by the FCC, with intent to broadcast being paramount even if the call is not aired.

    In addition, the FCC fined CESAR CHAVEZ FOUNDATION $12.500 for airing impermissible advertisements on noncommercial KUFW/WOODLAKE, CA. The licensee claimed that ads for MARIO’S AUTO SALES, BIG BRAND TIRE, and MUEBLERIA LA TAPATI were not commercials, but the FCC noted that the ads included comparative and qualitative language.

    The FCC also hit MOUNT RUSHMORE BROADCASTING, INC. with a proposed $21,500 fine for main studio, inspection, and equipment rules violations at KZMX-A and KZMX-FM/HOT SPRINGS, SD. The Commission said the stations were in violation by failing to maintain a management or staff presence at the main studio, failing to maintain a local telephone number in its community of license or a toll-free number for either station, and failing to make the Stations available for inspection, and also operating the FM with circular polarization rather than the authorized horizontal polarization. A former employee visiting the station while an agent was on hand told the agent that nobody had been to the studio for more than a year. The stations went silent in JUNE 2011.

    And Notices of Unlicensed Operation were issued to CLAYON GAYLE and PAMELA GENTLE (90.3 FM, BALTIMORE); CITY AUTO SALES CORP. (91.7 FM, UNION CITY, NJ); GRAVIA JOSEPH (88.5 FM, SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, NY); VICTOR MILLER (91.7 FM, BRONX, NY); PILLARS, LLC (101.5 FM, MT. VERNON, NY); ALEX REEBAK (92.9 FM, FEASTERVILLE-TREVOSE, PA); LEO M. SCHREIBER (88.5 FM, BROOKLYN, NY); JOREL JOSEPH (88.5 FM, BROOKLYN, NY); ANKER MANAGEENT CORP. (91.3 FM, BRONX, NY); 520 REALTY NY INC. (91.7 FM, BROOKLYN, NY); WATNE MITCHELL (99.7 FM, BROOKLYN, NY); TAG REALTY (106.1 FM, BROOKLYN, NY); CHRISTOPHER WORKMAN (106.1 FM, BROOKLYN, NY); and ALSACIA FERRIERA (94.3 FM, PATERSON, NJ).

    #2220

    RadioBuggie
    Participant

    Looks like the Feds are crackin’ down…

    #2221

    scowl
    Participant

    The licensee claimed that ads for MARIO’S AUTO SALES, BIG BRAND TIRE, and MUEBLERIA LA TAPATI were not commercials, but the FCC noted that the ads included comparative and qualitative language.

    Is this the difference between:

    “This program is sponsored by One Hand Insurance.”

    and

    “This program is sponsored by One Hand Insurance, the hand you can rely on if disaster strikes.”

    ?

    #2222

    msndrspdx
    Participant

    The normal style on most PBS and NPR stations (and, usually, for stations like KBOO) usually goes something like this…

    “Funding for this program was provided by…”

    Some people think that showing just the Chevrolet logo is OK, but if it’s accompanied by an image of a Chevrolet vehicle, it’s not. I remember the early days of “Masterpiece Theatre,” when Mobil (Later Exxon/Mobil)’s sponsorship would be represented by just a line of type on-air. When they switched to using the logo, a lot of people didn’t like that because they thought it made PBS look commercial.

    And thry’re still arguing over this point to this day!

    Best, M. 8)

    #2223

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    This from All Access:


    KHCM-F/Honolulu Hit With FCC EAS Violation Notice


    SALEM Country KHCM-F/HONOLULU is one of the broadcast licensees in the HONOLULU market that has been served with a Notice of Violation by the FCC for failure to retransmit the monthly Emergency Alert System test on MAY 1st and failing to air the audio script on the MARCH 1st test.

    #2224

    RadioBuggie
    Participant

    This from All Access:


    FCC, Fisher Reach Consent Decree Over KVI Contest


    The FCC and FISHER BROADCASTING- SEATTLE RADIO, L.L.C. have entered a consent decree over a contest at Talk KVI-A/SEATTLE that turned out to be rigged by a former employee.

    FISHER will pay a “voluntary contribution” of $7,000 to the U.S. Treasury to settle the case.

    The 2007 contest, which involved $1,000 prizes for listeners who called when they heard their names; the former employee allegedly had her friends register and were told when to listen, a situation the station said it only knew after the fact

    #2225

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    RadioBuggie: Check The Seattle Radio Happenings thread. It’s been posted there as well.

    #2226

    RadioBuggie
    Participant

    YO

    #2227

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    Here’s an interesting twist from All Access:


    FCC Upholds $22,000 Fine On Pirate FM Operator


    The FCC has upheld a $22,000 fine against ARTHUR LEE YOUNG for operating an unauthorized radio station.

    YOUNG allegedly operated a pirate station at 87.9 FM in COSBY, TN and did not respond to the Notice of Apparent Liability for the fine. The FCC said that it received a letter from someone named “KING DENNIS CRAIG” BYNUM saying that he owned the property, purchased from YOUNG, from which the station was broadcast, and claiming that he is “an American National not subject to the jurisdiction of the UNITED STATES.”

    The FCC called YOUNG, who said he had no knowledge of BYNUM’s letter nor had anything to do with the station anymore; property records indicate that YOUNG remains owner of the property.

    #2228

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    This from All Access:


    FCC Proposes $68,000 In Fines For Unauthorized Wyoming STLs


    MT. RUSHMORE BROADCASTING, INC. has been slapped with four proposed fines totaling $68,000 for operating four studio-transmitter links without FCC authorization.

    The company was cited with a proposed $8,000 fine for running the WLP722 STL for Oldies KMLD/CASPER, WY (subsequently silent) at a location not authorized by its license. The other three — for Country KQLT (KOLT COUNTRY), Hot AC (now silent) KHOC and Classic Rock KASS (KICK 107)/CASPER — drew $20,000 proposed fines because the operations were not licensed.

    #2229

    semoochie
    Participant

    I believe Casper is the last rated market. Good luck making up the money loss!

    #2230

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    This from All Access:


    New Hampshire Pirate FM Operating Openly


    The FCC may be trying to track down pirate FMs, but in NASHUA, NH, one pirate is operating openly and with little apparent fear of shutdown, reports the NASHUA TELEGRAPH. MEDIA57, headed by ANTOINE ANTHEM, operates “87.9 THEBEAT,” an Urban station without an FCC license.

    “No, we don’t have one,” ANTHEM told the paper. “If a commercial station wants to complain and push us away, they can. … It hasn’t been a problem because we’re not interfering with any other broadcasting station.”

    The station operates a website and has sponsored a local talent contest but crosstown ABSOLUTE BROADCASTING’s JERRY DIGREZIO points out to the TELEGRAPH that “we’re playing by the rules and someone else isn’t,” and that THEBEAT does not pay music licensing fees, which ANTHEM says is because his station doesn’t play contemporary hits in “heavy rotation.”

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    Nashua Telegraph has a lot more written about the station that’s been on the air for a year and a half:

    Nashua Radio Station TheBeat 87.9 Has No FCC License

    http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/969524-196/nashua-radio-station-thebeat-87.9-has-no.html

    The Beat’s website:

    http://879thebeat.com/

    facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/879-The-Beat/190079911015745

    #2231

    msndrspdx
    Participant

    Portland, of course, once had KBBT, which also promoted itself as “The Beat.” Verrry interesting!

    Best, M. 8)

    #2232

    motozak3
    Participant

    I don’t know what’s so interesting about it. There have probably been hundreds, if not thousands of radio stations around the world that have used the branding “The Beat”. Probably just as common as the surname “Smith”.

    KBBT was/were just one amongst a great many.

    #2233

    skeptical
    Participant

    (re: the beat — I don’t have a FCC license either.)

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