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#1 DWF

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 10:29 PM

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The nation's largest radio station chain announced Wednesday it was suspending shock jock Howard Stern's radio show after issuing new rules to limit indecency and address criticism of what airs on TV and radio.

Clear Channel Radio said it suspended broadcast of Stern's show after assessing the content of his show Tuesday.

"Clear Channel drew a line in the sand today with regard to protecting our listeners from indecent content and Howard Stern's show blew right through it," John Hogan, president and CEO of Clear Channel Radio, said in a news release. "It was vulgar, offensive, and insulting, not just to women and African Americans but to anyone with a sense of common decency."

Hogan said the show would not air on Clear Channel stations until officials are assured it will conform to acceptable broadcasting standards.

Attempts to reach Stern's spokesman for comment late Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Under pressure from regulators and lawmakers, some TV networks are delaying live broadcasts to delete offensive material and doing more to let parents know how they can block specific programs. The National Association of Broadcasters says it will hold a conference on indecency next month.

The rules issued by Clear Channel Communications came on the eve of the second congressional hearing this month on broadcast indecency. Hogan is scheduled to testify along with top officials from TV networks.

Congress is considering increasing the maximum fine for indecency from $27,500 to $275,000, a move that the Federal Communications Commission (news - web sites) endorsed even before the tumult over singer Janet Jackson's exposed breast during the nationally televised Super Bowl halftime show.

More backlash from nipplegate, or good taste or a government crackdown?
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 10:31 PM

Well considering that Clear Channel let another JD go becasue the FCC was handing them $750,0000.00 in fines for two years of violations.

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 11:20 PM

About time, I say.  Howard Stern.... shudder.... :barf:

BTW, I find that article to be awash in possibilities for inneundo, but I'll be nice.

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 12:56 AM

I think it's a bunch of bullcrap!

I'm not even a Stern fan, nowadays every other show on radio is based on what Stern started out doing it becomes old hat.

Yanking Stern off the air is 100% BS.

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 01:03 AM

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So maybe the Stern-clones out there will develop some creativity and come up with radio shows that aren't predicated on crude humor.  

Yeah, yeah...  It IS funny sometimes, but it's gotten old.
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Posted 26 February 2004 - 01:07 AM

Howard Stern, Bob & Tom. It's happened to them before, and they've come back stronger than ever. They find their way through the loopholes, and they'll do it again. Nothing new here.

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 01:15 AM

This is the same Clear Channel that banned all Dixie Chicks songs from being played on their radio staions last year because lead singer Natalie Maynes made desparaging remarks about the Prez.

But a few months later they let them be played again.

Don't like something don't freaking watch it or listen and if you're a parent monitor what your children listen to.

If you want to go through the trouble, worry not we'll have the Department Of Homeland Decency up and running in no time.

Right!?

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 01:47 AM

meh, Stern is a shock jock, he makes his money and his fame of being able to shock people. By denying people the right to use crudity in broadcasting, essentially you kill the possibility for shock jocks.

I wouldn't have classed is as a great loss if not for the fact that i have at times really enjoyed listening to Dutch shock-jocks. (I have given up on Radio since moving to the UK)

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 01:59 AM

Remember the FCC is handing out serious fines.  What is a group of stations suppose to do when a the shock jock is going to cost them Say $250,000.00? as Rommie Said these guys will duck off the radar while still broadcasting(Just not as far out on the edge) while they go over the rules as they are and then set the limits once again.

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 02:12 AM

Ummmm . . . invoke their first amendment rights?  If they're worried about family-type decency issues then why does stern air around 11pm(ish)--depending on which syndicated market he's playing in?  I mean, we're not talking about the "right after sesame street" time block here.

If parents don't want their kids hearing this stuff, then maybe they should get a clue and actually watch them.  What the hell are "families" doing listening to these radio shows during these hours?

When I was six, my parents had tucked me in and put me to bed around 10pm at the latest. (9pm more likely)

Government does not = parents.

Sorry folks, this crazy old country expects you to actually OBSERVE your children and make your own decisions about what's appropriate and what's not.  If it's after 10pm  .. . well, what are your young impressionable larvae doing?  Watching the latest edition of HBO's "Real Sex", or NYPD Blue?  

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 02:27 AM

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Ummmm . . . invoke their first amendment rights? If they're worried about family-type decency issues then why does stern air around 11pm(ish)--depending on which syndicated market he's playing in?

Uhh, that's pretty darn dependent on the market, apparently, because I know for a fact that I've heard Stern *much* earlier than 11PM.  I've certainly seen him on the TV show earlier than that.

Maybe they've moved him to 11PM in many places, but his clones are doing morning and evening shows all over the country.  Heck in DC, I have a choice of at least two or three shock jock teams in the morning.  This stuff isn't being relegated to off-hours.  Not by a very long shot.
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Posted 26 February 2004 - 02:34 AM

Around here they're on around 7am and well into the working day doing various routines.
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Posted 26 February 2004 - 02:40 AM

Bob & Tom airs from 6am to 10am in the morning, Monday thru Friday here in Oregon. And if you've heard some of their sketches before, you'd know what they're famous for.

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 02:57 AM

Speaking as a Indianpolis  resident. Yes  And I love the Love Brothers skits as well as the Electric Amish.


As to the first amendment? First they are licenced by the Federal government to be albe to broadcast.  If they violate the terms of the licence thy can be fined or have the licence revoked. The FCC was created to make sure that radio broadcasts were able to reach the areas they were to cover. The Content was meet the local standards.Meaning the FCC has to respond to complaints they cannot start till their is a complaint. ( The Superbowl stunt had complaints comming in before the rest of the half time show was over.) They are not a law enforcement agency they are  able to fine or revoke they have no arrest powers.

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 12:27 PM

^^^^That's the point, I think G1223. The public airways are considered public property with free access by all, and the broadcasters who want a license are subject to decency regulations. The FCC has a responsibility to hold the broadcasters to the local public's standard of decency. If they get complaints that a show is in violation, and they find that it's true, then they can fine the station to hold it accountable. It's really based, not on government censorship, but on accountability to the public. For a long time, the fines have been too low to allow the FCC any real clout against these types of shows. Howard Stern has been complained about and fined numerous times, and the broadcasters just absorbed it and went on, since he had enough of a following to make them a buck. After the Superbowl nipplegate, however, the public spoke up so loudly, that the FCC regained some of their teeth. Now the broadcasters are making more effort to come into line, since big fines are in store.

I see it as giving the public back the power to limit the amount of smut they're subjected to on the public airways.
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Posted 26 February 2004 - 12:36 PM

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“Clear Channel cited his interview on Tuesday with Rick Salomon, the man who was filmed having sex with hotel heiress and TV reality star Paris Hilton in a video widely distributed on Internet porn sites.

According to a transcript of the show released by San Antonio, Texas-based Clear Channel, Stern asked Salomon if he engaged in anal sex and referred to the size of his penis. Using a racist term, a caller to the show asked Salomon if he had ever had sex with any famous black women."

We can assume that the racist term was the dreaded N-word. And I really wonder how anyone can defend Stern for this kind of crap.

I'll just quote this lengthy portion from Lileks's Bleat this morning. For those who can't tell, the following is sarcasm:

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I think it’s a shame he was reprimanded. I don’t think people understand what’s at stake here. We need to coarsen public discourse as much as possible as quickly as possible, because a free and open society depends on the right of Pink to flash her labia at the next Superbowl. I’m serious: if we don’t see a clitoris on the Jumbocam, this nation is OVER. (Breast, labia - what's the diff? Please don't tell me you're one of those bluenoses who thinks a boob's okay but explicit gyno topography is somehow unsuitable for prime-time. It's the HUMAN BODY, people; what's your hang up? ) I’m tired of people who think that it’s the role of large media chains to hit the panic button when a caller to Stern’s show calls him a f--ing k-ke, and bleeps Howard when he says the caller a sh-thead ch-nk. People! Come on! What is this country coming to when people can’t call other people sh-thead ch-nks on the public airwaves?

Look: this isn’t cable, which people choose to receive. This isn’t a satellite radio channel, purchased with full knowledge of its contents. We’re talking about the public airwaves here, and that means there cannot be any standards whatsoever. If you admit that there should be some standards, well, whose standards? Ned Flanders’ standards? Right, like we’re going to hand that over to some God-bothering Churchy LeFemme. (Do you realize that you could get fired today for a 6 minute on-air rant about wanting to engage in watersports with the Virgin Mary? I’m serious!) Do you want to give control to some Clear Channel exec who’s worried about losing the moms-in-cars demographic? Spare me. We live in a puritan age; anyone entrusted to sets the “standards” will be too cowardly to greenlight a show where snarky nihilists sit around and sn*gger about “n-ggers” and anal sex. So WHAT if you have a kid in the back seat? Don’t hit the scan button, moron.

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Imagine - some people insist the public sphere should aspire to a “higher” standard where men know more than seven words, and women don’t pop out a floppy tit in prime time to show us how dangerous they are. There are people who think we should aim up, not down.

F those people. F anyone who wants a standard. The future of civilized conversation depends on men brave enough to ask educated Nigerian immigrants if they ever ate a monkey, and whether men who appeared on Paris Hilton pron tapes slammed a partner up the butt. God bless Stern. It’s good to know he’s speaking out on the issues that matter, and paying the price.

Bravery, thy name is Howard. And I expect that you will stop screening calls now. I mean, there's a guy in the Bronx who wants to make a point about the filthy sp-cs down the hall - who are you to say he's wrong?

I think that about sums up my feelings, too.

Oh, and Lileks's reference to asking educated Nigerian immigrants if they ever ate a monkey comes from this bit:

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I remember sitting in a hired car in New York, waiting to enter the tunnel. The driver had Stern on. He was talking to a caller who was born and raised in Nigeria – she spoke impeccable English with that lovely African flavor. She wasn’t pleased about something he said; he let her go on for a while, then cut in and asked her if she’d ever ate a monkey. She was stunned – how do you reply to something like that? He went on to note that a lot of people in Africa ate monkeys, and perhaps that’s where AIDS came from. And so on.

We lost him in the tunnel. I’ve never been so grateful to be confined in a tiled tube under a river.

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 11:11 PM

Drew, on Feb 26 2004, 11:34 AM, said:

We can assume that the racist term was the dreaded N-word. And I really wonder how anyone can defend Stern for this kind of crap.
You assume but you don't know that as fact.

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Posted 27 February 2004 - 08:39 AM

Godeskian, on Feb 26 2004, 06:45 AM, said:

(I have given up on Radio since moving to the UK)
Amen.

Put music back on the radio, and get the DJs to shut the duck up.
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Posted 27 February 2004 - 09:16 AM

Smitty, on Feb 26 2004, 10:09 PM, said:

Drew, on Feb 26 2004, 11:34 AM, said:

We can assume that the racist term was the dreaded N-word. And I really wonder how anyone can defend Stern for this kind of crap.
You assume but you don't know that as fact.

Yes, we do.

http://news.scotsman...fm?id=229432004

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"Clear Channel dumped Stern following complaints over his programme on Tuesday, on which a caller used the word "n*gger" and Stern engaged in a highly graphic sexual discussion with the former boyfriend of the hotel heiress Paris Hilton. "

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Be careful when you assume Drewski.

And you be careful with your name-calling.  :suspect:
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Posted 27 February 2004 - 10:25 AM

Just a reminder to those invoking the first amendment in this situation.  The first amendment is triggered by "state" action.  If a private radio station doesn't want to play Howard Stern *or* the Dixie Chicks, they have no first amendment right to force the radio station to play them.

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