Caller Contests

On February 5, 2009, the FCC issued a $4,000 Forfeiture Order to an Andover, Kansas station and a $6,000 Notice of Apparent Liability to a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania station for willfully violating the Commission's contest rules, which require stations to announce all material terms of a caller contest and conduct the contest in accordance with those terms. The FCC held the Andover station liable for failing to announce how the winner of its "Santa's Sack" contest would be chosen, and for failing to award the cash prize until after the Commission's investigation began. The Commission cited the Pittsburgh station for conducting a sham contest—the host apparently announced he would give $1 million to the 13th caller and $1 million an hour thereafter, but no such promotion occurred.

The Forfeiture Order is available here.

The Notice of Apparent Liability is available here.

Public File

On February 4, 2009, the FCC issued Forfeiture Orders to two stations for willful and repeated violations of the Commission's public file rules. The fines were $3,000 and $9,000. Both stations were fined for failing to maintain quarterly issues/programs lists in their public inspection files.

The Forfeiture Orders are available here and here.

Pirate Stations

During December 2008 and January 2009, the FCC issued 16 Notices of Unlicensed Operations to stations broadcasting without a license in violation of federal law. The pirate stations receiving notices were in the following areas: Miami, FL; Sunrise, FL; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Brooklyn, NY; Mt. Vernon, NY; Lincoln, DE; and East Orange, NJ.

The Notices are available at the Enforcement Bureau's website. Click here.