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                                   Before the

                       Federal Communications Commission

                             Washington, D.C. 20554

     In the Matter of                                File No. EB-04-IH-0605  
     Southern Rhode Island Public Radio              Acct. No. 200832080079  
     Broadcasting, Inc.                          )                           
                                                     FRN 00049437088         
     Licensee of Noncommercial Educational       )                           
     Station WKIV(FM), Westerly, Rhode Island        Facility ID No. 84180   

                                 CONSENT DECREE

   Adopted: March 13, 2008 Released: March 13, 2008

   By the Chief, Enforcement Bureau:


    1. This Consent Decree is entered into by the Enforcement Bureau of the
       Federal Communications Commission and Southern Rhode Island Public
       Radio Broadcasting, Inc.


    2. For the Purposes of this Consent Decree, the following definitions
       will apply:

    a. "Southern" means Southern Rhode Island Public Radio Broadcasting,

    b. "Non-Related Company" means a company or organization in which neither
       Southern nor its principals, individually or collectively, are an
       officer, director, partner, member, manager or holder (directly or
       indirectly) of an ownership interest;

    c. "Commission" or "FCC" means the Federal Communications Commission;

    d. "Bureau" means the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications

    e. "Parties" means the Bureau and Southern;

    f. "Station" means Station WKIV(FM), Westerly, Rhode Island (Facility ID
       No. 84180);

    g. "Licenses" means all authorizations, permits and licenses issued by
       the Commission in connection with the operation of the Station;

    h. "Licensee" means the holder of the License;

    i. "Act" means the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C.
       Section 151 et seq.;

    j. "Rules" means the Commission's regulations set forth in Title 47 of
       the Code of Federal Regulations;

    k. "Underwriting Laws" means Section 399B of the Communications Act of
       1934, 47 U.S.C. S: 399b, and Section 73.503(d) of the Commission's
       Rules, 47 C.F.R. S: 73.503(d);

    l. "Adopting Order" means an order of the Bureau adopting this Consent

    m. "Effective Date" means the date on which the Adopting Order is

    n. "Investigation" means the investigation conducted by the Bureau
       regarding compliance by Southern with the Act and the Rules governing
       underwriting announcements by noncommercial educational broadcast
       stations in connection with its operation of the Station during the
       period November 2004 through February 2005; and

    o. "Violations" means violations of Section 399(b) of the Act and Section
       73.503(d) of the Rules by Southern, as described in this Consent


    3. The Bureau received a complaint dated November 23, 2004, and
       supplemented February 25, 2005, alleging that the Station had aired
       prohibited underwriting announcements. The complaint resulted in the
       commencement of an investigation by the Bureau which revealed apparent
       violations with regard to certain underwriting announcements aired
       over the Station by Southern during that period (the "Violations").
       These announcements appear to have violated Section 399(b) of the Act
       and Section 73.503(d) of the Rules because they exceeded the bounds of
       what is permissible and within licensee discretion under the Act and
       pertinent Commission precedent. Because of this Investigation, the
       Station's license renewal application and a pending assignment of
       license application have not been granted by the Commission.

    4. Southern and the Bureau acknowledge that any proceeding that might
       result from the Investigation will require the significant expenditure
       of public and private resources. In order to conserve such resources
       and to promote compliance by Southern with the Act and the Rules, the
       Parties hereby enter into this Consent Decree in consideration of the
       mutual commitments made herein.


    5. Southern agrees that the Bureau, by delegated authority of the
       Commission, has jurisdiction over the matters contained in this
       Consent Decree, and the authority to enter into and adopt this Consent

    6. Southern agrees to be legally bound by the terms and conditions of
       this Consent Decree. Southern represents and warrants that its
       signatory is duly authorized to enter into this Consent Decree on its

    7. The Parties agree that this Consent Decree will become effective on
       the Effective Date. Upon the Effective Date, the Adopting Order and
       this Consent Decree will have the same force and effect as any other
       order of the Bureau and any violation of the terms of this Consent
       Decree will constitute a separate violation of a Bureau order,
       entitling the Bureau to subject Southern to enforcement action for
       such violation, as well as enforcement action with respect to the

    8. Southern admits, solely for the purpose of this Consent Decree and for
       FCC civil enforcement purposes, that the information contained in the
       Complaint could establish violation(s) of the Underwriting Laws.
       Notwithstanding any other provision of this Consent Decree, it is
       expressly agreed and understood that if this Consent Decree is
       breached by the Bureau, or is invalidated or modified to Southern's
       prejudice by the Commission or by any court, then the provisions of
       the immediately-preceding sentence shall be of no force or effect
       whatsoever, and Southern shall not, by virtue of that sentence or any
       other provision of this Consent Decree, be deemed to have made any
       admission concerning any announcements broadcast on the Station.

    9. In consideration of the terms and conditions set forth herein, the
       Bureau agrees to terminate its Investigation. From and after the
       Effective Date, in the absence of material new evidence relating to
       this matter, the Bureau agrees that it will not use the Violations in
       any action against Southern, provided that it satisfies all of its
       obligations under this Consent Decree. Nothing in this Consent Decree
       will prevent the Bureau from instituting or recommending to the
       Commission any new investigation or enforcement proceeding against
       Southern in the event of any alleged future misconduct involving
       violation of this Consent Decree, or violation of the Act or the

   10. Southern agrees that it will make a voluntary contribution to the
       United States Treasury in the amount of Seven Thousand Five Hundred
       Dollars ($7,500.00) in one installment. Full payment will be made
       within five (5) calendar days after the Effective Date of the Adopting
       Order. The payment must be made by check or similar instrument,
       payable to the order of the Federal Communications Commission. The
       payment must include the NAL/Account Number and FRN Number referenced
       in the caption to the Adopting Order. Payment by check or money order
       may be mailed to Federal Communications Commission, P.O. Box 979088,
       St. Louis, MO 63197-9000. Payment by overnight mail may be sent to
       U.S. Bank - Government Lockbox #979088, SL-MO-C2-GL, 1005 Convention
       Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101. Payment[s] by wire transfer may be made to
       ABA Number 021030004, receiving bank TREAS/NYC, and account number
       27000001. For payment by credit card, an FCC Form 159 (Remittance
       Advice) must be submitted.  When completing the FCC Form 159, enter
       the NAL/Account number in block number 23A (call sign/other ID), and
       enter the letters "FORF" in block number 24A (payment type code).

   11. As a further condition to this agreement, Southern will institute and
       follow the terms of a Compliance Plan within thirty (30) days of the
       Effective Date. The Plan will include, at a minimum, the following

   a. Southern will utilize a multi-level review procedure for underwriting
   content to be aired on the Station. All scripts of announcements will
   continue to be reviewed, prior to broadcast, for compliance with the
   Underwriting Laws.

   b. Within thirty days of joining Southern, any new station employee hired
   by Southern will be trained on acceptable underwriting content that
   complies with the Underwriting Laws. In addition, Southern station
   employees will be trained on an annual basis regarding existing guidelines
   and, where applicable, pertinent changes to the Underwriting Laws.

   c. Southern will also implement and maintain a plan to educate prospective
   clients about appropriate underwriting content. To that end, Southern will
   summarize the Underwriting Laws for each client before it accepts any
   contract with the client to air material over Station WKIV(FM). Southern
   will not accept any announcement that does not comply with the
   Underwriting Laws.

   12. Southern agrees that any violation of this Consent Decree, including
       but not limited to a failure to make any of the payments required by
       Paragraph 10 hereof, will constitute a separate violation of a
       Commission order and subject each to appropriate administrative

   13. This Consent Decree will be binding on Southern's transferees,
       successors and assigns, provided that in the event of an assignment or
       transfer of the Licenses to a Non-Related Company, only the
       obligations of Paragraph 10 will be binding on the assignee or

   14. Southern waives any and all rights it may have to seek administrative
       or judicial reconsideration, review, appeal or stay, or to otherwise
       challenge or contest the validity of this Consent Decree and the
       Order, provided the Order adopts the Consent Decree without change,
       addition or modification.

   15. Southern agrees to waive any claims it may otherwise have under the
       Equal Access to Justice Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 504 and 47 C.F.R.
       Section 1.1501 et seq., relating to the matters discussed in this
       Consent Decree.

   16. Southern agrees that the effectiveness of this Consent Decree is
       expressly contingent upon issuance of the Order, provided the Order
       adopts the Consent Decree without change, addition or modification.

   17. Southern and the Bureau each agrees that if Southern, the Commission
       or the United States on behalf of the Commission, brings a judicial
       action to enforce the terms of the Order adopting this Consent Decree,
       neither Southern nor the Commission will contest the validity of the
       Consent Decree or Order, and Southern will waive any statutory right
       to a trial de novo with respect to any matter upon which the Order is
       based (provided in each case that the Order is limited to adopting the
       Consent Decree without change, addition, or modification), and will
       consent to a judgment incorporating the terms of this Consent Decree.

   18. Southern and the Bureau agree that in the event that this Consent
       Decree is rendered invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, it
       will become null and void and may not be used in any manner in any
       legal proceeding.

   19. This Consent Decree may be signed in counterparts and/or by telecopy
   and, when so executed, the counterparts, taken together, will constitute a
   legally binding and enforceable instrument whether executed by telecopy or
   by original signatures.



   By: Kris Anne Monteith

   Chief, Enforcement Bureau

   Date: _______________



   By: Christopher DiPaola, President

   Date: _______________

   At the time of the complaint, the station's call sign was WBLQ(FM).

   See 47 U.S.C. S: 399b; 47 C.F.R. S: 73.503(d).

   See Xavier University, Letter of Admonition, issued November 14, 1989
   (Mass Med. Bur.), recons. granted, Memorandum Opinion and Order, 5 FCC Rcd
   4920 (1990).

   See FCC File No. BRED-20060301ADF.

   See FCC File No. BALED-20060817ADD.

                  Federal Communications Commission DA 08-527



                  Federal Communications Commission DA 08-527