Regular Guys out at 96rock
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.
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