FCC Fines CBS Radio Affiliate in Pittsburgh for Million-Dollar Hoax

12:58 PM, Feb 6, 2009   |    comments
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The CBS radio affiliate in Pittsburgh has to pay a $6,000 fine for promising one-million-dollars to a caller that turned out to be a prank.

The Federal Communications Commission, or the FCC, fined KDKA for the hoax which happened on Thanksgiving Day in 2007.

The FCC says the host, Marty Griffin, told listeners the money was in a briefcase handcuffed to someone in the studio and promised it to the 13th caller.

One listener who called in and stayed on hold for 45 minutes thought he had won the money.

CBS argued the offer was clearly a joke, but the FCC says the host misled listeners by calling the contest "the real deal."

KDKA has 30 days to pay the fine or appeal.

The general manager of the radio station had no comment.


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