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FCC Settles Border Media Dispute

Border to pay $37,500 to resolve indecency complaint against KBDR

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and Border Media Business Trust have reached a settlement regarding indecency allegations against KBDR(FM), Mirando City, Texas.

The trust, which is the parent company of the former licensee, admits the station violated the commission’s indecency laws and will pay $37,500 to resolve all the allegations.

The agency generally prohibits airing indecent material when children might be listening between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. A listener complained to the FCC that during the morning show on May 18, 2011, jock “Danny Boy” used “sexual related vulgar” language, including the word “blowjob.”

Border Media told the agency this January that it could neither deny nor admit the allegations because Danny Boy was fired a month after the incident, the company had no recordings of that specific program, and station personnel didn’t know anything about the content in question. Border agreed to accept responsibility for the indecency violation.

The penalty could have been higher; the standard fine is $325,000 per violation.

The agreement clears the way for the pending sale of Border’s cluster to MBM Radio Laredo LLC, according to commission records.

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