FCC not fine with Detroit’s WKRK

Maximum penalty sought for 'lewd and vulgar' content

Detroit radio station WKRK faces a hefty $27,500 fine for allegedly airing lewd material outside of the permitted hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Federal Communications Commission proposed the maximum penalty for the station, a unit of Infinity Broadcasting, in a notice of apparent liability sent to the radio giant Thursday. The lowest fine for the offence is $7,000

The regulatory org said the stiffer penalty was called for because the station’s broadcast included “explicit and graphic sexual and excretory references.”

“In addition, the commission found that this material was extremely lewd and vulgar, and that it appeared to have been used to pander, titillate and shock,” the FCC said. “Thus, the commission concluded that the material apparently met the indecency standard and warranted sanction.”

WKRK program director Terry Lieberman didn’t respond to calls seeking comment.

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