Re: fwd new radio station info

Subject: Re: fwd new radio station info
From: New Adventures in Sound Art (
Date: Thu Aug 04 2005 - 11:59:48 EDT

Hi Kevine, Barry etc

I asked Steven the same questions and he responded with:

The thing with our operations and station owner is that although we would love to be able
to air all sorts of views and art the way it was meant to be heard, we would not be able
to take the fine in the event the FCC wanted to punish our left leaning station. So we
endeavor not to air swears , mysoginistic material, or glorified violence.
We recieve upwards of 50+ discs per week and sometimes we know we like something right off
the bat and will not fully review it if there is a note attached that says "FCC friendly"
or "FCC clean"
I hope that helps.

On Aug 04, "Barry Rueger" <rueger@COMMUNITY-MEDIA.COM> wrote:
> On 4 Aug 2005 at 9:05, Kevin Austin wrote:
> > Could anyone explain the comment ... "Please send your work to us and
> > specify any FCC violations to help us save time in review."
> >
> > Is this the equivalent of a "Parental Warning" or a form of
> > pre-self-censorship ... from the Land of the Free and home of the
> > Braves?
> Kevin,
> Unlike in Canada, where there are almost no specific prohibitions on
> what can be broadcast, the US is heavily regulated.
> In particular there are strict prohibitions on anything which might
> be construed as obscene or indecent. That includes specific words -
> George Carlin's Seven Words that you can't say on television for
> instance - and many other things that may be considered of prurient
> interest.
> Since the election of George W Bush the FCC has swung to the right
> and has stepped up enforcement of these prohibitions as well as
> dramatically increasing the fines that the FCC is prepared to levy.
> One "fuck" can cost you several hundred thousand dollars.
> Of course there is a fair amount of hypocrisy in all of this. When
> Bono pronounced that word on a live awards show broadcast the FCC
> came down hard. When the same words appeared in the decidedly
> patriotic "Saving Private Ryan" they turned a blind eye.
> As well, it now seems that just bleeping out the "curse words" is not
> enough. If it is obvious from context what is being deleted the FCC
> can still fine you.
> As it happens, almost all of the complaints of this nature filed with
> the FCC come from one small conservative lobby group.
> " According to a new FCC estimate obtained by the online media
> journal, nearly all indecency complaints in 2003 -- 99.8 percent --
> were filed by the Parents Television Council, an activist group
> created by conservative media critic L. Brent Bozell.
> The number of complaints soared dramatically to more than 240,000 in
> 2003, up from roughly 14,000 in 2002, and from fewer than 350 in each
> of the two previous years, FCC Chairman Michael Powell told Congress
> in February. "
> <a
> What artists and broadcasters from other countries need to understand
> is that American broadcasters live in considerable fear of the FCC
> and will self-censor to any degree necessary to avoid getting into
> trouble.
> Barry
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