Thursday, February 26, 2004

ANOTHER HOWARD'S END. Howard Stern is finally suffering repercussions for his offensive radio shows. If you have ever heard Stern on the air, you know what I mean. Clear Channel has suspended his program. Here is their statement through CEO John Hogan:

"Clear Channel Radio has suspended the broadcast of Viacom’s Howard Stern show, consistent with its Responsible Broadcasting Initiative announced earlier today. After assessing the content of yesterday’s Howard Stern show, Clear Channel worked with local market managers to take swift and decisive action.

“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 It was vulgar, offensive, and insulting, not just to women and African Americans but to anyone with a sense of common decency. We will not air Howard Stern on Clear Channel stations until we are assured that his show will conform to acceptable standards of responsible broadcasting,”

The FCC is finally taking their job seriously. The agency has handed out major fines for indecency and is investigating the Janet Jackson debacle. Clear Channel suffered a $755,000 fine for the show of another shock jock.

Interestingly, John Hogan, the CEO, is taking responsibility for the actions of the other DJ. Rather than ducking the issue, he accepted responsibility and apologized. Here is what he said: "As a broadcaster, as the CEO and as the father of a 9-year-old girl, I'm ashamed to be associated in any way with those words. They're tasteless, they're vulgar, they should not, do not and will not represent what our radio stations are all about," he said. "We were wrong to air that material," Hogan said. "I accept responsibility for our mistake and my company will live with the consequences of its actions."

I applaud Hogan for stepping up and for the decision to clean up his airways. I would like for my girls to be able to listen to the radio also, and without having to worry about what they will hear.
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