Cumulus Faces Thousands In Fines For FCC Violations

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In her first ever radio industry conference appearance Tuesday at the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville, Cumulus Media CEO Mary Berner assailed the industry for doing a poor job of touting its benefits to advertisers, declaring that Radio “needs to grow a pair” and should get aggressive in its fight for ad dollars.


Two days later, the nation’s No. 2 radio broadcasting by station count — presently seeking approval of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring — is now faced with giving up thousands of dollars in precious revenue to the FCC. The reason? Five Cumulus stations in South Carolina have problems with their public inspection files.

Two days later, Cumulus is faced with the surrender of thousands of dollars in precious revenue to the FCC. The reason? Five of the company’s stations have repeatedly failed to abide by the Commission’s rules on public inspection files.

The NALs come just weeks after it received a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) for what the Commission calls willful and repeated EEO violations at these same stations.

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