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OH NO: FCC Payola Probe Targets Spanish-language stations

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The Federal Communications Commission has launched an investigation into payola allegations at some of the Rio Grand e Valley's most popular Spanish-language radio stations.

But the commission's enforcement bureau remains tight-lipped about the extent and exact nature of the probe.

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The FCC recently sent out letters of inquiry questioning whether disc Radio DJeys accepted cash payments or other gifts in exchange for guaranteeing radio airplay to certain band s or record labels, a company spokesman for one radio conglomerate said. Investigators have also met with certain radio personalities and station managers.

"We're one of a number of broadcasters who have received letters from the FCC on this matter," said Entravision Communications Corp. – owners of local Spanish-language stations KNVO-FM Jose 101.1 and KKPS-FM Que Pasa 99.5 – in a written statement.

"We are looking into the matter and will respond and cooperate with the FCC as appropriate."

Representatives from Univision Radio – which owns KGBT-FM 98.5, KTBQ-FM Recuerdo 96.1, and KGBT-AM La Tremenda 1530 – declined to comment on whether they also received the inquiry letters.

FCC probe targets Spanish-language stations | stations, fcc, targets – Now – TheMonitor.com.


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