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Howard Stern Dropped from Clear Channel Stations

 

By Steve Gorman

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Radio station giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. said on Wednesday it was dumping nationally syndicated shock jock Howard Stern from its stations under a new "zero tolerance" policy toward indecency.

 

In dropping Stern from its six radio outlets that carry his show, Clear Channel cited his interview on Tuesday with Rick Salomon, the man who was filmed having sex with hotel heiress and TV reality star Paris Hilton in a video widely distributed on Internet porn sites.

 

According to a transcript of the show released by San Antonio, Texas-based Clear Channel, Stern asked Salomon if he engaged in anal sex and referred to the size of his penis. Using a racist term, a caller to the show asked Solomon if he had ever had sex with any famous black women.

 

The action against Stern came a day after Clear Channel fired Florida radio personality "Bubba the Love Sponge," after federal regulators accused him of airing sexually graphic material on Tampa's WXTB-FM and three other Florida stations.

 

Stern's New York-based show is syndicated by Infinity Broadcasting, a unit of Viacom Inc., which also owns television networks CBS and MTV. Infinity operates 185 radio stations nationwide.

 

A spokesman for Infinity was not immediately available for comment and a Viacom spokesman declined comment. Neither Stern's agent nor producers of his show were immediately available for comment.

 

Viacom president Mel Karmazin reportedly has imposed a crackdown on sexually explicit material on Infinity stations, declaring in a recent company-wide conference call: "This company won't be a poster child for indecency."

 

But it was unclear what impact, if any, such an admonition would have on Stern, who has long defied federal regulators and spawned countless imitators with a ribald show featuring porn stars and strippers and bits like "Lesbian Dial-a-Date."

 

'ZERO TOLERANCE'

 

The action against the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" came after Clear Channel announced what Chief Operating Officer Mark Mays called a "zero tolerance" policy toward material deemed in violation of federal broadcast decency standards.

 

"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," Clear Channel Radio president John Hogan said in a statement.

 

"It was vulgar, offensive and insulting, not just to women and African Americans but to anyone with a sense of common decency."

 

The San Antonio-based company, the largest U.S. radio station operator with more than 1,200 outlets, said it will amend contracts with all on-air personalities to hold disc jockeys financially responsible for indecent comments on-air.

 

The Stern show was carried by Clear Channel stations in six markets -- Fort Lauderdale, Rochester, Orlando, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Louisville.

 

The policy changes are the latest taken by broadcasters to address decency concerns following the Feb. 1 CBS telecast of the Super Bowl half-time show, when pop diva Janet Jackson's right breast was exposed on live television.

 

Said Hogan: "If a DJ is found to be in violation of FCC rules, there will be no appeals and no intermediate steps. If they break the law by broadcasting indecent material, they will not work for Clear Channel."

 

Hogan and other broadcast executives are slated to testify Thursday before Congress about broadcast standards.

 

Gordon Hodge, a media analyst with Thomas Weisel, said he doubted the move would have much financial impact on Clear Channel, given that it carried Stern's show in just six markets, and added "He's obviously a very popular personality. I can't image that Infinity would take him off the air."

 

He predicted that other stations in the six markets would pick up Stern's program. "It would be quite profitable (for a smaller company), he said.

 

Clear Channel's share price closed on Wednesday 52 cents higher on the New York Stock Exchange AT $43.44. (Additional reporting by Jonathan Stempel and Jeremy Pelofsky in New York and Sue Zeidler in Los Angeles)

 

 

(OPINION)

 

this is complete horse shit. ive been a fan of the show since i was little, and over the years theyve dropped the delay on him more and more...i think in the past few years its actually become more of a tame show than it was in the late 90s. the fcc has such a hard on for stopping what they call "indecency" that they are scaring companies like clear channel to take extreme measures like this.

 

this is one more thing to prove that clear channel cares more about their bottom line than fans of their product.

 

what ever happened to fining the show for things that stepped over the line. they are on a big delay and have people at every station ready to drop it when someone curses or says something "indecent." the shows been going on this long, and janet jackson's boob finally gets it taken off? this really upsets me as a diehard stern fan.

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Originally posted by 2ten

looks like you all have to do what i do.. watch it on E!

 

 

shit. i thought it was only on THAT channel. boy, was i going to miss stuttering john, mickey mouse voice fat man, something dave, and whoever else.

 

too bad that midget alcoholic dyed. that guy was halirous.

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yeah, clear channel is buying all the venues in my town and there are alot of billboard owned by them.

tghey are also doing all they can to shut down the venues that will not sell out.

i for one am boycotting all of their venues and products.

yeah. i guess the only thing i will miss is when a band on relapse or epitaph comes to town. but im doing what i think is right

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they took off bubba the love sponge in my area he was like howard stern but when some hoe offered him pussy on air he would take it.

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Christ, that guy still had a radio show? I hadn't heard about him since that magnificent movie of his came out.

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Guest mikro137

fuck clear channel.

 

they own 95% of all radiostations where i live. fuck them , fuck theor bullshit , and fuck the fcc.

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Originally posted by caL

good riddance

 

Amen. The only talk radio I can dig is Loveline, which they took off the air, over here:(

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howard stern is the mans man gotta love our country censorship of sex yet violences sells and with lil censorship damn it janet more rights of freddom of speEch and expression are going out the window IF U DONT LIKE TURN THE CHANNEL....

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i will b outside krock tomorow wit my I AM THE KING OF THE ANAL RINGS!!!! BRING BACK HOWARD sign....whos joining me....all we need is a greased up fat midget and a transexual wit a feather on her head and he will b back on the air in no time.....

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Originally posted by ares

Amen. The only talk radio I can dig is Loveline, which they took off the air, over here:(

 

word, they took it off like 2 years ago over here.

havent listend to radio since.

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Clear Channel could suggudic.

 

Clear Channel is a bunch of dictating, ego driven, powertrippin' SOB'z.

The true fans aren't the ones getting insulted by the show, it's them. The assholes that don't even listen to the show,feel that it's too sexually explicit. What do they care!!! If you don't like it turn the tuner assholes. They sholdn't impact a nation full of fans over their opinions. And who are they to say,"this is bad,you can't listen sorry!!!" This is America goddamit, and I believe as AMERICANS we should have the choice. The [patriotic music playing in the background] choice is ours, not theirs. If I wanna wake up and hear a woman queefing out Ol' Mcdonald had a farm it's my choice. And for those that don't appriciate that (as an American) you have the choice of turning away.

 

sorry for venting, this morning sucked not hearing Stern.

 

:nope: :heated: :hatred: :nope:

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Originally posted by CILONE/SK

FUCK HOWARD STERN.

 

 

MANCOW IS THE SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

mancow is an unfunny stern biter...

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Originally posted by adderall

the widespread effects of nipplegate..

 

LOL!!! this is the best thing in this whole thread...

 

 

i had something witty typed but i'm just not intelligent enought to pass it off.

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it doesnt really matter who got taken off the air or if you like them or not, its just bad how a bunch of uppity house wives are making an impact on what you can or cant listen to in the mornings...

hopefully this will go no further

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THIS NEW LEVEL OF CENSORSHIP SUCKS, STERN IS ON LIKE 14 DELAYS AND THEY BLEEP OUT THE DUMBEST SHIT, SOME GUY SAID THRUST AND THEY BLEEPED IT OUT. THE FCC CAN CHOKE ON HOWARD STERNS BALLSACK!

 

 

 

 

 

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I AM THE LORD OF THE ANAL RINGS!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIYAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!

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