"The Walking Dead" was airing an origin story episode for the woman who would become the dangerous enemy named Alpha, played by Samantha Morton. It was the early days of the zombie apocalypse and a radio alert sound is going off while an announcer over the air is trying to tell everyone to stay calm. It's a set up to show that the world is going to hell and her character goes from quiet and reasonable to vicious and cold.
"The Jimmy Kimmel Show" on ABC had to pay a hefty $395,000 fine for using a simulated wireless emergency alert (WEA) tone three times during a sketch in 2018. Animal Planet's "Lone Star Law" accidentally aired an actual WEA tone heard on crew members' phones while filming and was fined $68,000. Two Los Angeles radio stations KDAY and KDEY-FM simulated an emergency alert signal during a morning show promotion and were fined $67,000.
This is not the first time a regulator has gone after "The Walking Dead." When a stuntman died under the watch of "The Walking Dead" in 2017, OSHA in early January hit them with a maximum fine for a single severe violation of just $12,675. It only gives higher fines for flagrant, multiple violations and corporations have been fined millions.
The 2004 Janet Jackson Super Bowl nipplegate resulted in a record FCC fine of $550,000 that was later overturned in court. Over 14 years from 1990 to 2004, radio stations were hit with fines of nearly $3 million for indecent material from then-syndicated "The Howard Stern Show." (He is now on Sirius/XM, outside the purview of FCC compliance.)
Since Donald Trump took office, the FCC has not fined a single broadcaster for indecency.