FCC Proposes $20K Fine Against NYC Station for EAS Tone Broadcast
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 | Comments

The FCC proposed a $20,000 fine against Entercom License for apparently broadcasting an emergency alert system (EAS) tone during a radio show skit on WNEW-FM in New York City.

The commission’s rules prohibit transmitting or causing the transmission of EAS codes or simulations without an actual national, state or local area emergency; authorized test of the EAS; or a qualified public service announcement (PSA).

On Oct. 3, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the FCC, sent a wireless emergency alert (WEA) test message to WEA-capable wireless devices throughout the entire United States and territories. Immediately following the WEA nationwide end-to-end test, FEMA conducted a live test of the EAS. The commission received a complaint alleging that Station WNEW-FM, licensed to Entercom, improperly transmitted an EAS tone on the same day. According to the complaint, Entercom used an emergency tone during the “Karen & Jeffrey” program in a skit lampooning the nationwide WEA test that was conducted later that day.

The full notice is here.

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