Sunday, March 22, 2009

What's a Few Effing Words Among Friends...?

Not much, unless your mics are still hot...

From the Des Moines Register and WHO-TV... those of us in the business get a refresher course in "Radio 101."

First lesson- Make sure your mic isn't hot when you want to go on an effing tirade...

Friday morning, KNXO radio co-shost Marty Tirrell went off on a fellow talk host about media credentials to a high school basketball event...
Listeners tracked down at least a dozen effing references toward Larry Cotlar in 75 seconds...

Neat...
Here's the tirade in question... and in demand...from WHO-TV...



Federal Communications Commission regulations prohibit the use of profane language in broadcasts between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Profane language is defined by the FCC as "so highly offensive that their mere utterance in the context presented may, in legal terms, amount to a nuisance."

In addition, FCC officials have warned broadcasters in the past that, depending on the context, it would consider the "F-word" and those that are as highly offensive to be profane language.

FCC rules also say that the base fine for any violation of the profanity restrictions is $7,000 per violation, but that the commission may charge as much as $32,500 per violation based on a variety of factors, including the nature and circumstance of the violation.

Enforcement of FCC rules can only begin after a complaint is filed with the commission.


And, apparently, it's not the first time Tirrell has been called to the carpet...

Last year...Tirrell was suspended for one day from broadcasting on KXNO (1460 AM) after he named an individual and that person's occupation in a derogatory way related to events on a trip to the U.S. Open golf tournament. Tirrell apologized for the incident, but never provided specific details of the incident.

All this does is remind us of the scene in "Smokey and The Bandit" where Bandit is fueling up the Trans-Am and he's talking to Sheriff Justice on the CB radio.

Justice asks: "Where are you, you sum'bitch...?"
Bandit replies: "Don't you cuss on this-here radio..."

"My apologies to anyone list'nin..."

2 comments:

BobsBlitz.com said...

Nice find. Very good job!

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine working with someone like that?