Thursday, August 11, 2005

"This agreement should be a wake-up call to all those in the entertainment industry who think outrageousness is a clever marketing strategy,"

Smackfest 2005
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N.Y. radio station fined $240,000 for 'smackfests'

Wed Aug 10, 1:03 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A New York radio station has agreed to pay $240,000 (134,000 pounds) after sponsoring "smackfest" contests in which young women took turns slapping each other for a chance to win concert tickets and cash.

In a statement, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and State Athletic Commission Chairman Ron Scott Stevens said on Monday that WQHT, an FM station owned by Emmis Communications Corp., had also agreed to donate $60,000 to a nonprofit group that promotes awareness of domestic violence.


"This agreement should be a wake-up call to all those in the entertainment industry who think outrageousness is a clever marketing strategy," Spitzer said in a statement.


The station and New York authorities agreed on the settlement after the state filed a petition against WQHT in New York state court.

Barry Mayo, senior vice president and general manager at Indianapolis-based Emmis, said WQHT would run anti-violence programming and was "completely committed" to making the settlement work.

"Despite the fact that the contestants voluntarily participated in what was supposed to be harmless entertainment, it was not our finest hour, and New York City deserves better," Emmis Radio President Rick Cummings said.

New York officials began an investigation of the FM radio station, which bills itself as Hot 97, earlier this year.

State officials had argued that the two dozen "Smackfest" contests the station sponsored in 2004 and early in 2005 constituted a kind of unlicensed "combative sport," similar to underground boxing.

Videos of the "smackfest" contests had been featured on the station's Web site.

SOURCE - http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050810/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_media_smackfests

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