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April Fool’s Day is Monday – Don’t Let the Joke Be on You by Forgetting the FCC’s Hoax Rule

Posted in Emergency Communications, FCC Fines, General FCC
It’s that time again.  If you are planning any on-air pranks on Monday for April Fools’ Day, think twice.  As we do every year about this time, we need to play our role as attorneys and ruin the fun by repeating our reminder that broadcasters need to be careful with any on-air pranks, jokes or other… Continue Reading

Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds 75 Years Later – What Would the FCC Do Now?

Posted in General FCC, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
This is the 75th anniversary of the Mercury Players broadcast of the Orson Welles production of the War of the Worlds – a radio broadcast that seemingly scared many Americans into thinking that the country was under attack by Martians, that my home state of New Jersey had been overrun, and that the rest of the… Continue Reading

On April Fools Day – Remember the FCC’s Hoax Rule!

Posted in Emergency Communications, FCC Fines, General FCC
It’s time for our annual April Fools Day warning – be careful with on air pranks prepared especially for the day. This year, with thetragedy caused by the Australian morning show hosts calling the nurse for the Duchess of Cambridge, broadcasters have an example of what can happen when an on-air prank goes wrong. Where harm… Continue Reading

April Fools Gags on Air? Play It Safe, and Remember the FCC’s Hoax Rule

Posted in FCC Fines, General FCC, Programming Regulations
With April Fool’s Day only a few days away, we need to repeat our annual reminder that broadcasters need to be careful with any on-air pranks, jokes or other jokes prepared especially for the day.  While a little fun is OK, remember that the FCC does have a rule against on-air hoaxes – and, of any day in… Continue Reading

Planning an On-Air April Fools Day Prank? – Remember the FCC’s Rule Against Broadcast Hoaxes

Posted in FCC Fines, General FCC, Programming Regulations
With April Fool’s Day only a few short days away, and with many articles running in the trade press about what stations should and shouldn’t do on that day, we thought that we would weigh in with our own legal reminder – no matter what you do, be careful not to violate the FCC’s rule… Continue Reading

$16.57 Million Verdict in Hold Your Wee for Wii Case – What are the FCC Implications and What Should Broadcasters Learn?

Posted in FCC Fines, General FCC
A jury in Sacramento returned a $16.57 million verdict against Entercom Broadcasting’s local subsidiary in the case involving the death of a contestant in a radio station-sponsored contest.  The contest – drinking water and waiting to see which contestant would win the Nintendo Wii by being the last to have to use the bathroom – led to… Continue Reading