Saturday, April 24, 2004
Fla. station fined $4,000 for Castro prank
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MIAMI -- A radio station that crank-called Cuban
President Fidel Castro and broadcast the recording
should be fined $4,000, the Federal Communications
The Spanish-speaking hosts of "The Morning High Jinks"
used snippets of an earlier prank involving Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez to move the call from a
receptionist up the chain to Castro in a five-minute
broadcast June 17.
The hosts of the show on WXDJ-FM, Joe Ferrero and
Enrique Santos, fed pleasantries to Castro before
breaking in and calling him an assassin. The
conversation ended after Castro denounced the callers
with a stream of vulgarities.
The FCC concluded Friday that the station should be
fined for the broadcast. It rejected the station's
claim that a rule requiring people to be notified
before their voices are used does not apply to people
Payment of the fine or a request for cancellation or
reduction is required within 30 days.
It was unclear whether the station had been fined for
the prank involving Chavez five months before.
There was no answer at the station's business line
Saturday, and a call to the station's Washington
attorney was not immediately returned.
"republiKKKans do best what they do on their knees."
(...and I'll give U a hint....it ain't prayin!)