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FCC Proposes $504K Fine On FOX Sports For NFL Radio Promo

“According to the FCC, FOX self-reported the spot in an email to the organization.”

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Broadcasters are not allowed to use the Emergency Alert System tones for anything that is not associated with the system. FOX is learning that the hard way as the FCC has taken exception to a promo for FOX’s NFL coverage that aired on FOX Sports Radio stations, including the network’s SiriusXM channel.

The FCC is proposing a fine of $504,000 on the network. It published the notice of apparent liability and forfeiture on Tuesday.

The promotion in question is a spot that was made from a television commercial promoting the NFL on FOX. The EAS tones only appear in the radio version of the ad, which aired in November of 2021.

That violates an internal FOX policy that “forbids using EAS tones in promotions and on-air segments, with no nexus to an actual emergency or system test.” Still, the FCC claims the audio would have gone through post-production checks and been approved before airing.

According to the FCC, FOX self-reported the spot in an email to the organization. Still, it doesn’t seem like that is buying the network much goodwill. Self-reporting a violation of the EAS tones is mandatory.

In its notice of apparent liability and forfeiture, the FCC proposes that FOX pay  $144,000 for the promo running on 18 Fox-owned TV stations, and another $360,000 for broadcasting the promo on over 190 Fox-affiliated TV stations, the Fox Sports Radio network, and the Fox Sports SiriusXM channel.

Radio Ink reached out to FOX for comment. Representatives for the network did not respond.

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Nick Wright Gave Parkins & Spiegel Dan Patrick’s Marconi Award

“Now, if Dan hears this and gets bothered by it, you’re gonna have to send it back, but I think we’re gonna be fine.”

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In October of last year, WEEI’s Greg Hill won the Marconi Award for Major Market Personality of the Year. In the process, he defeated Parkins & Spiegel of 670 The Score. FS1’s Nick Wright believed the Chicago show — hosted by one of his best friends, Danny Parkins — deserved to win the award, and made sure they received some recognition.

During an appearance on Parkins & Spiegel Tuesday, Wright informed the audience that he secured a trophy from the event for his friend.

“You guys were supposed to win that Marconi,” said Wright. “I got my hands on a physical Marconi Award — who cares who’s name is on it, I got it — it’s from this year’s awards, and I sent it to you. Because you guys deserved it. So you guys, at least from a hardware perspective, have a Marconi.”

“We have Dan Patrick’s Marconi,” Danny Parkins admitted.

“You do,” replied Wright. “You have the best national radio show Marconi. He sent it to me, and I sent it to you. Listen, the fact of the matter is, had I gotten to the stage in time to accept the award on his behalf, I would have just given it to you. I didn’t get there in time. Some executive got up there, got it, sent it to Dan, he sent it to me, and I sent it to you. Now, if Dan hears this and gets bothered by it, you’re gonna have to send it back, but I think we’re gonna be fine.”

Parkins then said he could say he was nominated for a Marconi and he had a Marconi, he just didn’t win a Marconi.

“It is 100% true to say that from the 2022 Marconi Awards, that you were nominated, and it is also true to say that you have a Marconi Award for Radio Show of the Year. It’s true,” Wright concluded.

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Marcellus Wiley: Shannon Sharpe Was Trying to Go Viral At Any Cost

“We are grown men with lots of commas on our checks. Why are you acting like this and broadcasting this to the world?”

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Shannon Sharpe caused an on-court fracas over the weekend after getting into a shouting match with Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks. The video of the altercation went viral, and that’s exactly what Sharpe wanted, according to Marcellus Wiley.

During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, Wiley — a former colleague of Sharpe’s at FOX Sports — claimed the Pro Football Hall of Famer was in the wrong for his actions and believed there was an ulterior motive at play.

“It was dead wrong,” Wiley said. “It just seemed like a traveling circus. We have this element in media now where we’re trying to go viral at any cost, and it just felt like it was one of those moments that was lacking authenticity and it just seemed like it was thirsting for attention.”

The More to It podcast host then joked about what a fight between Sharpe and Brooks would have looked like, before ultimately noting that an altercation with Grizzlies center Steven Adams would not have gone well for Sharpe.

Wiley also pondered the emotional maturity of not only Sharpe but all the players involved in the incident as well.

“We are grown men with lots of commas on our checks. Why are you acting like this and broadcasting this to the world?”

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Jason Campbell To Replace Stan White on Auburn Football Radio Crew

“I look forward to sharing great memories with you alongside the Voice of the Tigers, Andy Burcham, this fall.”

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Former Auburn and NFL quarterback Jason Campbell has signed on to become the new color commentator for his alma mater’s football radio broadcasts. He replaces another former Auburn signal caller, Stan White, who announced his retirement last November.

“I would like to thank God for this amazing opportunity to continue doing something I enjoy and love,” Campbell said. “I appreciate the Auburn Sports Network team and Stan for their immediate confidence in me as I move into the analyst role. I know I have incredibly big shoes to fill. It has been a privilege watching and learning from Stan during our time in the booth together. Auburn Family, I look forward to sharing great memories with you alongside the Voice of the Tigers, Andy Burcham, this fall.”

The 41-year-old Campbell was a first round pick of the then-Washington Redskins in the 2005 NFL Draft, playing for five teams during his nine-year career. He joined the Auburn radio crew in 2015 after retiring from the NFL, working as the network’s pregame and halftime analyst.

Campbell becomes the third analyst in the last 43 years for the radio network. Former Auburn quarterback Charlie Trotman worked in the role from 1980-2000, before being succeeded by Stan White.

“Stan has given the last 22 years of his life, in part, to Auburn football and the Auburn Sports Network,” Auburn radio voice Andy Burcham said in a statement. “He has become one of the top analysts, not only in the SEC, but in the country. I thank Stan for his outstanding work and his friendship. He will be missed with our crew and the Auburn Family. We are excited about the next chapter in Jason Campbell’s radio career. He was the overwhelming choice to replace Stan in the booth.”

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