The Media Bureau has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for $9000 along with three years’ worth of reporting conditions on the licenses of six Savannah, GA stations owned by a subsidiary of iHeartMedia. According to the Commission, “During the reporting period, the licensee filled 13 full-time vacancies at its stations and failed to recruit widely for four vacancies, instead relying solely on its Internet website and walk-ins to fill three vacancies, and its Internet website, walk-ins, and word-of-mouth referrals to fill one vacancy.” Now here’s the important part: “Relying solely on job postings on his website, and the licensee’s own private contacts, such as word-of-mouth referrals, and on walk-in applicants does not constitute recruitment as contemplated under the Commission’s Rules, which require public outreach.” In spite of all that, the Commission did renew the licenses after all.
A similar Notice, this time for $5000, was issued against four stations in Richmond, IN, owned by Davidson Media. The Commission’s beef: “During the reporting period, the licensees filled six full-time vacancies at its stations and failed to recruit publicly for three of them, relying solely on walk-ins to fill one vacancy and client/employee referrals to fill two vacancies.”
Editor’s $0.02: We all know what we have to do. The Commission is just reminding us that we have to jump through the hoops and not get lazy about it.