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Fla. Station Fined $4,000 for Castro Prank

Florida Radio prank 2004

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#1 DWF


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Posted 24 April 2004 - 10:21 PM



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.

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.

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#2 Rhys


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Posted 24 April 2004 - 10:46 PM

$4,000 is pocket change, especially when you consider the publicity they're going to get out of this.  I think their marketing department will call it a net gain.

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#3 Rommie's Ronin

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Posted 24 April 2004 - 10:47 PM

That was funny though.
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