FCC renews assault on Stern, fines station

The FCC Wednesday fined a suburban Las Vegas radio station $ 73,750 for airing allegedly indecent material from Infinity Broadcasting’s simulcast Howard Stern show. Federal Communications Commission sources expect a fine against Infinity by week’s end.

KFBI-FM, Pahrump, Nev., was hit with the fine after the FCC claimed the station aired indecent material from the Stern show on nine days between November 1992 and January 1993.

The broadcasts were aired when children would likely be listening — between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. — and “were replete with references to sexual and excretory activities and organs,” the FCC said.

KFBI (formerly KUDA) is owned by Americom Limited Partnership, based in Los Angeles. Station management could not be reached.

The fine against KFBI is less than the $ 105,000 fine levied late last year by the FCC against KLSX-FM, Los Angeles. Greater Los Angeles Radio Inc., the licensee of the L.A. station, also got into hot water with the FCC for carrying simulcasts of the Stern program.

The new fine represents the latest attempt by the FCC to rein in the New York-based Infinity. Last year, the FCC slapped a $ 600,000 fine against the company for airing allegedly indecent material from the Stern show on three Infinity stations — WXRK-FM, New York; WYSP-FM, Philadelphia; and WJFK-FM, Washington.

Infinity claims the material was protected by the First Amendment and has refused to pay the fines. The matter is being fought in the courts.

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