Was FCC Wrong To OK Entercom/Sacto Renewals?


By Adam R Jacobson

The Media Action Center (MAC) on Jan. 9 filed a motion to expand the FCC’s October Hearing Designation Order on KDND-FM (107.9 The End) in Sacramento to include the other five radio stations that comprise Entercom‘s Sacramento cluster.

MAC cited shared management, identical lapses of oversight and control, and a jury’s finding in a wrongful death case that Entercom/Sacramento as a whole was liable for the homicide of “Hold Your Wee For A Wii” contestant Jennifer Strange.

Rather than allow the Chief Administrative Law Judge overseeing the KDND license renewal matter at the FCC to adjudicate the motion, the FCC’s Media Bureau handled it and shot down the MAC request. That has MAC and its founder, Sue Wilson, furious.

We have the details below.

RBR + TVBR OBSERVATION (Full text below, for Members Only): This is a delicate situation that sadly involves the death of a contestant in a radio station’s promotion. But, this was neither a multi-market promotion, nor a cluster-wide promotion. While Mr. Geary may have had oversight over five other radio stations, those stations likely had no involvement in any way with this tragedy.

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