Organizations Challenge KDND/Sacramento License Renewal Over 2007 Contest
September 26, 2013
A pair of media watchdog organizations in Sacramento say they will challenge the FCC license renewal of Entercom CHR KDND, over the station's infamous 2007 "Hold Your Wee For A Wii" contest that resulted in the death of Jennifer Strange.
According to the Sacramento Bee, representatives for the Sacramento Media Group and the Media Action Center announced yesterday that they will file challenges with the FCC before the November 1 deadline to contest KDND's upcoming, eight-year license renewal.
Media Action Center founder Sue Wilson, who produced a 2009 documentary that spotlighted Strange's death and the contest, said the groups will formally serve their challenges when the FCC Commissioners meet in Washington, D.C. on October 22.
The groups held a news conference at the Sacramento County courthouse on Wednesdays, where Wilson said that while a jury held the station liable for Strange's death, the FCC has not punished the station, despite Strange's family calling for action. "In that contest, a woman died," Wilson said, according to the Sacramento Bee. "However, the Federal Communications Commission has not acted in any way."
Roger Smith, a spokesperson for the Sacramento Media Group, added, "These radio stations hold very lucrative licenses ... to serve the public interest. On-air stunts that kill people do not serve the public interest."
Entercom spokesperson Kevin Geary told the paper, "the events in 2007 were tragic. Our thoughts remain with the family. We will respond to any petition filed with the FCC at the appropriate time."
In 2009, Strange's family was awarded over $16.5 million by a jury in a lawsuit against Entercom-Sacramento.