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The Fight To Take Back Out Public Airwaves From Indecent and Obscene Broadcasters

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Al Westcott is single handedly responsible for more than $2.1 Million in FCC indecency fines against Howard Stern and his broadcasters. No individual in the history of broadcasting has been more successful in making broadcasters responsible for their actions than Al Westcott. Al Westcott is the broadcasting 'watchdog' who operates on his own. Al Westcott is not affiliated with any religious or political organization. All costs of his activities have been borne solely by Al Westcott with no financial help from any person or organization. Al Westcott is "King Of All Stern Fines"!

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

How The FCC Finds Out About An Obscent Broadcast

Al Westcott - Ojai, California
westcott@west.net

How does the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") find out about an obscene radio or television broadcast?

The short answer is that all of us citizens must become unpaid 'investigators' for the FCC.

There are several ways that the FCC may learn about a possible violation of the Communications Act and the FCC's rules.

In most cases, a violation comes to the attention of the FCC through complaints filed by another licensee, a competitor, consumer, or some other interested party.

Complaints can be "formal" or "informal."Formal complaints must contain certain information required by the FCC's rules and may be subject to a filing fee.

Informal complaints may be filed in letter format and generally must identify the name of the party alleged to have violated the rule, location where the company or licensee operates, the specific rule alleged to have been violated, and must describe the specific circumstances surrounding the alleged violation.

Because the Communications Act imposes a time limit or "statute of limitation" by which the Commission may take certain enforcement actions (i.e., assess forfeitures) against specific violations, complaints should be filed as soon as possible following the alleged violation.

Complaints brought by citizens about indecent and obscene broadcasts must document the following:

1. The time of day of the broadcast,

2. The call letters of the station (radio or television station letters),

3. A detailed description of the offensive broadcast,

4. The name of the person(s) who made the broadcast, and

5. Your personal information - name, address, etc.

The more complete you make the information - the more likely you will get a response from the FCC.

But, don't hold your breath, I filed a complaint against Howard Stern back in 1990 and it took the FCC two years to finally fine Stern's broadcasters.

Email Al Westcott
westcott@west.net

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