Full coverage of the Strange v Entercom trial is found at SueWilsonReports.com

Sacramento Bee's Dan Morain Writes About MAC Victory

Sue from Fiddletown took a stand in the public interest

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/dan-morain/article141982244.html#storylink=cpy

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Press Kit - Why 107.9 Went Silent

Chronology of Media Action Center License Challenge:
January 12, 2007:  KDND hosts "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" Contest which kills contestant Jennifer Strange 
March, 2009: Sue Wilson release documentary film, "Broadcast Blues" in Sacramento, documenting the KDND case
September 17, 2009: William A. Strange v Entercom civil trial begins
October 29, 2009: Jury finds Entercom Sacramento negligent for Mrs. Strange's death and awards her family $16,577,118, which was later paid by Entercom's insurance company.
October 31, 2013: On the last day of its license period, Sue Wilson and the Media Action Center file a legal Petition to Deny the renewal of KDND's license to broadcast, citing its negligence in killing Mrs. Strange.
October 27, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission orders a hearing on Wilson's Petition. It is a scathing indictment of Entercom, citing inattention to KDND's Public Interest obligation and orders it to prepare for trial by July 27, 2017. It is the first such hearing the FCC has called in roughly 40 years.
January 9, 2017: Sue Wilson and MAC file a motion to expand its license challenge to all six Entercom station licenses
February 2, 2017: Entercom announces merger with CBS Radio
February 3, 2017: Entercom announces it is surrendering the license to KDND 
How KDND neglected the Public Interest in this case:
1. KDND Staff knew they were conducting a contest which could kill someone. Prior to the contest, they made fun of the water intoxication death of Matthew Carrington on the air, they had their "gag guy" drink a large amount of water as part of their show and laughed as the very large man became light headed and ill. But never informed the contestants of any danger.
2. Many listeners called into the KDND to warn staff that the contest was deadly. Some calls made it on the air so Morning Rave Hosts could make fun of them. Most calls went to management which ignored them.  Contestants were cordoned off in the Entercom Sacramento kitchen and were not allowed to hear any of the calls.
3. A Release Form outlining the rules and risks of the contest was drafted, but never given to the contestants. Station manager Steve Weed testified at trial he’d never considered giving rules which actually spelled out hazards of the contest — to the contestants. Instead, a generic release (deemed by the judge to be no release at all) was signed by Jennifer Strange and the other contestants.
4. The original rules (never given to the contestants) stated contestants were to drink 8 ounces of water every fifteen minutes (which is considered safe.) KDND staff and management changed the rules in the middle of the contest to make contestants drink 16.9 ounces of water every 15 minutes, which is considered deadly.
5.  People were getting sick, only to have KDND staff post photos of them vomiting onto its  Facebook page.
6. Unwritten Entercom rules said a medical professional should be present during such a contest. None was.
7. After the contest, Jennifer Strange told the Morning Rave staff she was too ill to drive home, but they abandoned her to the station's lobby. She finally did drive home, and died there some time later.
8. When Jennifer's co-worker called the station to inform them of Jennifer's death and asked they call the other contestants to warn them to seek medical advice, General Manager John Geary, upon getting advice from Entercom's Corporate office in Massachusetts,  told his station manager not to call contestants, but to call lawyers instead.
Was KDND serving the public interest? Clearly not.

PRESS CONFERENCE - 1:35 pm Weds. Feb. 8, 2017

Radio Frequency 107.9 FM Goes Silent
Local Media Watchdog Explains the REAL Reason Why

Listen to radio frequency 107.9 starting Wednesday (Feb. 8) and all you will hear is the sound of silence.

Entercom Sacramento surrendered its license because of a ten year effort by local Emmy winning radio and TV producer turned media watchdog Sue Wilson and the Media Action Center to deny Entercom's privilege to broadcast for completely ignoring the public interest obligation of a broadcaster. 

Wilson and her attorney Michael Couzens will explain what really happened, why it has taken this long, and its importance to both the community of Sacramento and radio industry at a press conference 1:35 PM Wednesday in the Gold Run Room at Coloma Community Center, 4623 T Street in Sacramento.

"You cannot callously kill a mother of three (Jennifer Strange, in 2007) in a reckless water drinking stunt and then say you are serving the public interest," charges Wilson.

"Entercom makes it sound like it is surrendering its broadcast license (valued between $20 - 30 million) because of conflicts in ownership rules due to its pending merger with CBS Radio. The truth is, because of the gravity of the "Hold Your Wee for Wii" contest, Entercom Sacramento is currently facing a very rare trial at the Federal Communications Commission which would have taken away the KDND license anyway.

"The media giant needs to get this trial out of its way, or it risks losing all its licenses and the CBS Radio merger deal. But it's not quite over yet," said Wilson.

Watch video background from Wilson's 2009 documentary "Broadcast Blues": https://youtu.be/ioKDf-JvKDo


VICTORY!!! Entercom Relinquishes KDND License

Public Interest Victory Cites CBS RADIO Merger Issues, Not Petition to Deny Trial

February 3, 2017 - Entercom today filed with the FCC to relinquish the broadcast license of KDND, saying that because of its pending merger with CBS Radio, the radio giant would need to spin off four stations in the Sacramento market to meet with FCC ownership guidelines. The corporation made no mention of Media Action Center's pending legal case at the FCC to deny the renewal of that license based on the 2007 killing of Jennifer Strange in a water drinking stunt which defiantly disregarded danger to Mrs. Strange and to other contestants. The normal way to achieve ownership compliance is by selling, or promising to sell stations. Only the continuing hearing can explain the outright relinquishment of a license.

Says MAC Director Sue Wilson, "This is a huge victory for the Public Interest, and I am grateful that due to the loss of this key station, FCC compliance issues will be on the minds of this and every broadcaster moving forward. But to conclude that Entercom is the good guy here ignores the fact that rather than surrendering their license upon the FCC Hearing Designation Order, they have instead litigated this issue with a huge team of expensive attorneys. Only now that the FCC must approve the company's pending merger with CBS Radio is this mega corporation doing the "right thing."

"However, the Judge has not ruled on MAC's proposed enlargement of issues, including character, reporting, and cluster wide misconduct. These issues may reflect not only on KDND, but on Entercom Sacramento's cluster of licenses, and indeed on all of Entercom's licenses. We await the judge's decision."

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Stakes are Rising in Our License Challenge of KDND and Entercom Sacramento

The build-up to what amounts to a trial over whether Entercom Communications will retain the license to CHR “107.9 The End” KDND, Sacramento continues took a pair of new twists this week. "


FCC: KDND Must Go to Trial to Defend its License Over Water Drinking Contest Death

The Media Action Center is now spearheading the case to clearly define public interest obligations in broadcasting. (Please read the case below, you will see why it is so important.)  I am not exaggerating when I tell you this case will end up at the Supreme Court.  Very soon, I will be asking for your help, as we need to do this together. Stay tuned.