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VOL. 39 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 15, 2015

'Bobby Bones Show' fined $1 million for fake emergency broadcast

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NASHVILLE (AP) — A top Nashville radio station was fined $1 million by the FCC after broadcasting a fake emergency alert.

Multiple news sources report the fine was handed to iHeartMedia Tuesday. The FCC says there was an EMS transmission on the Nashville-based program "The Bobby Bones Show" in October 2014, which was sent to more than 70 affiliated stations across the nation. Bones was talking about an EAS test, which aired during the World Series, and played a recording of an earlier test.

In addition to the fine, iHeartMedia is required to implement a comprehensive compliance plan and delete EAS simulated tones from its audio production libraries.

The FCC has been cracking down on misuse of the Emergency Alert System. Fines have totaled $2.5 million in the past six months.

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