By RODNEY HO
Published on: 04/09/04
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The other shoe has dropped. The edgy Regular Guys on 96rock have been let go by owners Clear Channel Communications after a March 19 incident in which the show accidentally aired graphic sexual content.
"In line with our zero tolerance policy and after conducting a thorough investigation of a March 19th broadcast on WKLS-FM, we have decided we will no longer broadcast the 'The Regular Guys,' " said Pat McDonnell, Clear Channel regional vice president, in a statement.
McDonnell, who according to his secretary is on vacation and not available for comment, also stated that replacements were being sought.
Neither Regular Guys, Larry Wachs nor Eric Von Haessler, could be reached for immediate comment.
The move comes a day after the Federal Communications Commission proposed a nearly $500,000 fine against Clear Channel for alleged indecent content by shock jock Howard Stern. The company also announced it was permanently dropping Stern from six of its stations. (Stern is distributed by rival Infinity Broadcasting and still heard on more than 30 stations nationwide though not in Atlanta.)
The Regular Guys' popular morning show, which regularly finished in the top 2 among men 18 to 49 in the Arbitron ratings, wanted to mock the recent FCC crackdown on indecency that has intensified since the Janet Jackson Super Bowl incident. The pair planned to tape porn star Devinn Lane talking dirty, then play it on air backwards in a spot called "backward smut."
But the stunt went bad when they accidentally left a mic on so listeners could hear explicit sexual talk over a Honda vehicle commercial. The ad was distributed over the Internet and the FCC received complaints.
Clear Channel quickly suspended the Regular Guys and until today's announcement, the station has been airing highlight shows
This really sucks. I could care less if Stern got the axe, but these guys were hilarious. I'll be interested to know where they go from 96Rock and I also wonder what will ever happen to Southside Steve. Will his twenty year tenure at the station be over? I listened to the program every morning driving to school from about November of '98 until I moved from Atlanta in May '02--and I still listened over the internet on ocaission. The best spots were 'homeless kareoke,' 'the f-you line,' 'Chuck Dodie for president,' and 'shoot/beat Steve.' Their remotes were a blast, I skipped school with some friends and went to a few of them, including Breast Christmas Ever, and the one in Conyers that got busted up by the cops. Interestingly enough, I also first heard about the attacks on the WTC when I was listening to the program while laying in bed. Damn, one of the few things I liked about Atlanta is gone. Great show, very original, and always entertaining.
Illini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2432 times:
THE FCC SHOULD NOT PLAY THE ROLE OF PARENT!
What, praytell, is their fucntion then? I'm all for personal responsablility, but just as I should be able to drive down the expressway without seeing billboards of naked women (ok, I personally would LIKE to see that...) there ARE standards for broadcasting.
Like it or not, our society does have standards. And the majority of this country thinks our public airwaves should be relativly safe for all audiences. If we extend your logic (because they shouldn't be playing parent) we should allow all 7 dirty words on the radio as well. And hard core porno on NBC at 5:00pm. After all, who's place is it to tell us what we can and cannot air? The FCC shouldn't be playing parent.
You want hard core adult entertainment, there's always pay services. Frankly, thats one of the reasons I like my satelite radio; I can hear full songs unedited.
Happy contrails - I support B747Skipper and Jetguy
Copaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2421 times:
I am getting really sick over this censorship that has been being spread over lately. The parents who complain that people like Howard Stern or The Regular Guys are poisoning their kids, should instead of bitch, just turn it off. Then at least they wouldn't ruin it for all the rest of us. I am betting that the FCC won't stop until we start seeing Ward Cleaver back on TV, shooting new episodes.
Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2345 times:
Beaver back then aint what it is now. Or has beaver always been beaver and we just didn't know it? Or did June Cleaver really have this beaver thing down and we just didn't know it? Perplexing questions indeed.....
Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2478 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2299 times:
"there ARE standards for broadcasting.
Like it or not, our society does have standards. And the majority of this country thinks our public airwaves should be relativly safe for all audiences. If we extend your logic (because they shouldn't be playing parent) we should allow all 7 dirty words on the radio as well. And hard core porno on NBC at 5:00pm. After all, who's place is it to tell us what we can and cannot air? "
Illini_152, exactly WHO is to determine what the standards are supposed to be? And in any case, such standards violate the Supreme Law of the Land, our Constitution:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
In other words, Congress shall make NO law ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS, among other things. Yet isn't it Congress who just voted to increase the indecency fines levied by the FCC? If this isn't a challenge of our Constitution, I don't know what is. According to the letter of Amendment I, freedom of speech must be absolute. So, who has decided that the Constitution is no longer worth the paper it's written on?