FCC Finalizing $1.5 Million Stern Fine
April 16, 2004

The indecency fines just keep on comin'. According to the New York Post, the FCC is preparing to slap Infinity with an approximately $1.5 million Notice of Apparent Liability as early as next week for The Howard Stern Show.

When the Commission hit up Clear Channel for $495,000 on April 8, a corresponding fine against Infinity for the same April 9, 2003 Stern broadcast was considered a fait accompli. The Clear Channel fine was for 18 total violations across six stations.  Infinity carries Stern on 18 of its stations. That's 54 violations at $27,5000 each for a grand total of $1,485,000.

Based on past experience, it's unlikely Infinity will succumb and pay the fine. Viacom COO Mel Karmazin has repeatedly said he doesn't believe the Stern show is indecent -- even to barking dogs like Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS).  Although Karmazin settled with the federal government in '95 for a series of Stern-triggered indecency fines dating back to 1988,  the $1.7 million he paid was termed a "voluntary contribution" to the U.S. Treasury. The result: Infinity's indecency file at the Commission was purged. With a clean record, Infinity was free to take advantage of  the consolidation gold rush just around the corner. 

Karmazin is expected to defend Stern again, not only on First Amendment grounds, but by arguing that the cited Stern material isn't legally indecent.  We'll get a first peak at Infinity's case soon -- its response for the first Stern fine this year -- a $27,500 NAL against WKRK/Detroit-- is due at the FCC on April 18.

Reactions to the indecency clampdown from radio's two largest companies are playing out like A Tale of Two Cities.  Clear Channel suspended Stern even before they were fined, and permanently dumped him and two of its own biggest morning shows. Infinity says it has no plans to drop Stern, and has allowed him to use the airwaves to fight the indecency battle in the court of public opinion. 

 

 

 




 
Breaking News
iHeartMedia And Elvis Duran Announce New Long-Term Agreement
SiriusXM Acquires Automatic Labs Inc.
Insomniac & iHeartMedia Launch EDC Radio Exclusivley On iHeartRadio
April 26, 2017
Cox Enterprises Names Alexander C. Taylor President/CEO
Delilah Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
April 25, 2017
CBS Radio Unveils New "Airtime Analytics" Measurement Tool
Entercom Rochester Names Michael “Mud” Gross PD At WCMF-FM
IFPI Report: Global Recorded Music Revenues Increase by 5.9%
Tom Calococci Joins Sheet Happens Prep For Affiliate Relations/Content Creation
CBS Radio Stations Take Home 25 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards And 4 Overall Excellence Awards
April 24, 2017
Coran Capshaw To Be Honored With City of Hope's 2017 Spirit of Life Award
Cumulus Appoints Nic Merenda VP/Market Manager For Topeka, KS
Alpha Media Brings Throwbacks To San Antonio
iHeartMedia St. Louis Names Jules Riley PD For 93.7 The Bull
J. Anthony Brown Joins The Steve Harvey Morning Show
April 21, 2017
eQB NOW
Cumulus Promotes Heather Gersten To APD At WWLI/Providence, RI
April 20, 2017
iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. Names Tommy Chuck PD For WASH-FM
iHeartMedia Names Jeff Wyatt SVP/Programming For Baltimore, MD
Radio One DC Expands WMMJ-FM Listenership
April 19, 2017
CBS Radio's 'SPF" In Las Vegas Expands To Two Nights With Linkin Park
Magic 92.5/San Diego To Change Format To All Prince "Purple 92.5"
Clip Interactive Partners with Radio One & Reach Media
April 18, 2017
Music News
Jack White Inks Publishing Deal With UMPG
Quick Hits: Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy, Haim
Kendrick Lamar Earns Biggest Chart Debut of 2017, Announces Tour
Quick Hits: Haim, Katy Perry, Madonna
Quick Hits: Harry Styles, Beyonce, Bumbershoot Festival, Life is Beautiful Festival, Phoenix, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Madonna
Quick Hits: Tori Amos, Kings Of Leon
Quick Hits: Beyonce, Rise Against
Prince EP Release Blocked By Lawsuit
Paramore Announce New Album After Laughter
Controversy Over New Prince EP
Quick Hits: NIN, QOTSA, Coldplay, Big Boi
FMQB Retro-Active: A Look Back at ELP
The Chainsmokers Debut Atop Billboard 200
Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, Gotillaz, Bourbon & Beyond
Harry Styles to Release Solo Debut on May 12
FMQB NOW

Nikki Nite,
VP of Prog. & Ops,
Entercom/Austin

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!