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Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:59 pm

Here in the U.S., we have any number of "shock jocks" who use and (in some cases) abuse the airwaves to create a name for themselves.

One common format in the radio business known as the "morning zoo" is a staple of many a morning drive. Often, shows of this kind will consistently offer bubbling, sophomoric hosts spewing Howard Stern-like near-vulgarity combined with sound effects, cheap satire, and popular references skirting the boundaries of racism, xenophobia, and sexism. A general sense of tomfoolery abounds. At times, statements, live events and skits will even get the hosts of such shows fired. I believe that, not long ago, the two hosts of a show that sent two of its agents to have sex in a church were fired for that reason.

Howard Stern himself, perhaps the most popular radio host in America, is a shock jock.

I almost never listen to such radio programs, but many others do.

Are there shock jocks of this kind in other countries around the world, I wonder? If so, what are some of the more outrageous things associated with such hosts?

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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:02 am

In the UK we have Chris Moyles, who will often push the boundaries a little, but I don't think he is quite as extreme as some of the shock jocks in the US.
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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:09 am

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 1):
In the UK we have Chris Moyles, who will often push the boundaries a little, but I don't think he is quite as extreme as some of the shock jocks in the US.

It's really disgusting, some of the stuff they produce. Even Don Imus, by now an eminence gris who gets top politicians on his show (which is also simulcast by the MSNBC cable news network), seems to revel in parodies that strike many as tasteless at best, and grossly offensive at worst.

For example, he has an assistant who pretends to be a member of a racist group, using every ethnic epithet and stereotype in the book. In generaly, to alleged comic effect and strained laughter, he often interviews impressionists who pretend to be anyone from distinguished public figures to bizarre nut cases, without clearly issuing a disclaimer to the occasional listener that the interviewees aren't really who they are said to be. (This is visually clear from the television feed, as the camera focuses on the impressionist who is unambiguously not the person claimed to be, and often wears a silly wig, but obviously not as clear on radio.) The confusion is aggravated by the fact that Imus actually does interview real politicians and celebrities on his program.

This kind of nonsense wouldn't have existed twenty years ago, and all it seems to do is promote a sense of anarchy and stupidity in public. I, for one, don't care for it.

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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:14 am

I don't know about Shock jocks, but there was a talk back host in australia called John Laws, Probably the most famous radio person in australia who was taking bribes to promote products? or Politicians... I can't remember which, QFF might know this better than me, I usually don't take much notice to crap like this

I've heard Howard Stern is just a complete and utter downright fuckwit from many people, Excuse the language, but for lack of a better term I'll use that word.

I'm not really sure how these people get on air but what I just don't understand is how they STAY on air, Clearly they're one of the many things wrong with society these days.

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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:14 am

Yeah Chris Moyles is probably the closest we have in the UK to a shock jock but he is no where near the same league as jocks like Howard Stern. Noel Edmonds had a pop a Chris Moyles the other day:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4858326.stm
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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:20 am

Thanks for the responses, everyone.  Smile

Basically, shock jocks have abused their freedom of speech. And in this, I blame people like Michael Savage, too, an extreme right-winger who makes Rush Limbaugh (whom he calls "Lush Bimbo") look like a Communist.

And Savage isn't even the worst of it.

Basically, it's the abuse of freedom -- the use of freedom without due regard to responsibility.
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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 1:49 am

Quoting Brendan03 (Reply 3):
I've heard Howard Stern is just a complete and utter downright fuckwit from many people, Excuse the language, but for lack of a better term I'll use that word.

Stern is widely known in other countries as well. He has broadcast his some from England before and used to have callers from across teh pond as well. I have some friends in Australia who are aware of him and love him. I send sound bites of his shows to some. In China a few years back, there was an exact rip-off of his show over there, but in Chinese. They copied every aspect of the show right down to calling the producer "Bababooey". A well placed lawsuit shut them down.

Oh, and I head a lot of stuff from other people as wll. Doesn't mean I believe it all.
 
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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:24 am

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 5):
Basically, it's the abuse of freedom -- the use of freedom without due regard to responsibility.

It's not an abuse. They are following the rules of law. When they step over the line, they get fined or fired.

Freedom of speech doesn't mean the kind that's only polite and nice.

They are being paid to be shocking and outrageous because lots of people people listen, enjoy the show, and buy things from the advertisers.
 
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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:29 am

Best shock jock here would be James Whale. Listen to his late night discussion show on www.talksport.net every night I think at 10pm. He loves to wind people up. He really has a go at some of the people that phone in. Tune in one night, you might enjoy it. It's just a phone-in show about topical current affairs. He'll probably be discussing Condoleezza Rice's visit here tonight if he's on. But some of the people that phone in are really stupid and he makes sure they know that! He really shouts at them then puts the phone down. I've phoned him a few times. Big grin

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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:51 am

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 1):
In the UK we have Chris Moyles,

Yeah I remember when he used to be funny.
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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 3:06 am

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 2):
In general, to alleged comic effect and strained laughter, he often interviews impressionists who pretend to be anyone from distinguished public figures to bizarre nut cases, without clearly issuing a disclaimer to the occasional listener that the interviewees aren't really who they are said to be.

Typo corrected in above.  Smile

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 7):
It's not an abuse. They are following the rules of law. When they step over the line, they get fined or fired.

Freedom of speech doesn't mean the kind that's only polite and nice.

That's true, but why excuse so much vulgarity and idiocy? Morning zoos are a waste of time, wouldn't you agree?
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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sat Apr 01, 2006 3:12 am

What about Christian O'Connell on Virgin Radio over in the UK? Does he count for this one? I'll let the Brits weigh in.
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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sun Apr 02, 2006 2:44 am

I'm a bit surprised that they have shock jocks over in Britain! But then again, it's the land of tabloid vending machines on every corner, or so I've heard. So I guess radio was the next "bastion of civility" to fall.

The Beeb must be royally p.o.'d!  Wink
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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sun Apr 02, 2006 2:50 am

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 12):

Go to www.talksport.net and find out when James Whale is on next and listen to him. He's very intelligent actually.  Smile
 
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RE: Shock Jocks In Other Countries?

Sun Apr 02, 2006 2:52 am

Thanks for the tip!  Smile
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