Chicago Sun'Times
April 25, 2004

FCC: DJs needed Castro to OK airing crank call

MIAMI -- A radio station that crank-called Cuban President Fidel Castro and broadcast the recording should be fined $4,000, the Federal Communications Commission said.

The Spanish-speaking hosts of ''The Morning High Jinks'' on WXDJ-FM, Joe Ferrero and Enrique Santos, fed pleasantries to Castro before calling him an assassin. Castro denounced the callers with a stream of vulgarities.

The FCC ruled Friday fines should be levied for the June 17 broadcast, rejecting WXDJ's claim that rules requiring people to be notified before their voices are used don't apply to people in Cuba.