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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 11:07 PM
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$4,000 FCC fine for Miami station that crank-called Castro
$4,000 FCC fine for Miami station that crank-called Castro

Saturday, April 24, 2004

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(04-24) 13:53 PDT MIAMI (AP) --

A radio station that crank-called Cuban President Fidel Castro and broadcast the recording should be fined $4,000, the Federal Communications Commission said.

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 in Cuba.

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