FCC got a piece of the Rock
December 22, 2004
Federal regulators on Wednesday proposed a
$220,000 indecency fine against the owner of two Kansas radio
stations for broadcasting a "Naked Twister" game with local
strippers and graphic interviews with porn stars.
The Federal Communications Commission said the material, which
aired during the "Dare and Murphy Show," was indecent and clearly
intended to "pander to and titillate the audience."
The commission cited four broadcasts during April and May of
2002. They aired on stations KQRC-FM in Westwood, Kan., and KFH-AM
in Wichita, Kan. -- owned by Entercom Communications Corp., based in
Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
The agency proposed a $27,500 fine -- the maximum allowed at the
time -- for each of the four broadcasts by the two stations for a
total penalty of $220,000.
The commission said the "Naked Twister" broadcast dwelled on
descriptions of female genitalia and breasts in an explicit and
graphic manner. Other broadcasts the FCC reviewed included
interviews with porn actors Ron Jeremy and Dave Cummings.
The commission also noted Entercom's history of prior indecent
broadcasts. In September 2002, the FCC fined the company $12,000
for broadcasting indecent material on a Seattle station.
No one from Entercom was available for comment Wednesday. A
receptionist said management would be out of the office until Jan.
3 and could comment then.
Federal law bars radio and non-cable television stations from
airing references to sexual and excretory functions between 6 a.m.
and 10 p.m., when children are more likely to be listening. The FCC
has stepped up enforcement of the anti-indecency statute in recent
years as complaints have mounted about a coarsening of the public