Over Starks Dissent, FCC Upholds A Massive Cumulus Fine


As first reported by RBR+TVBR on August 7, 2019, the FCC said Cumulus Media violated the terms of a Consent Decree reached in 2016 to civilly resolve a violation of the commission’s sponsorship ID rules.

The matter originally involved a New Hampshire radio station. But, two Detroit-market stations; stations in the Michigan markets of Flint and Ann Arbor; and a Macon, Ga., AM were found to make similar violations of FCC regulatory policy.

This resulted in a hefty Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture. Now, despite the dissent of Democratic Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, the Commission has signed off on a forfeiture order.

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