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98.5 WNCX Classic Rock in Cleveland says:

We wanted to play “Darkside of the Moon” in it’s entirety since it is the #1 album voted by YOU!! But we are unable to since the album contains the song “Money”, which is deemed indecent by the U.S. Government since it contains the “S” word. Current pending legislation calls for a fine of $275,000 if we play that song.

This is getting pretty crazy. A couple of months ago I was thinking that the airwaves in general had gotten more liberal and permissive and suddenly it’s like decades of progress is being undone. Glad the Internet is still full of swears.

Posted on - March 13, 2004 [at] 5:42 pm by Brad
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Dave on Swearing on the Radio
March 13, 2004 at 8:12 pm

You know, this really sounds like YOU got taken. Do you really think the FCC would fine a single station playing a single song this amount?

Or rather, do you think this SINGLE station decided to try to get YOUR attention by saying something sensational – and that you fell for it?

Is there something going on? Sure there is. But was this specific incident an perfect example of a large media comglomerate (any idea which NATIONAL media outlet owns WNCX?) playing to those poor saps about how the government is curtailing free speech because THEY can’t abide by well known – and long standing – regulations?

In this case, I remember Pink Floyd – Money being played on AM _and_ FM back in the early 70s…. with the ‘S’ word edited. Tell me please, why couldn’t they play that?

Sorry Brad…. love your music, love what you stand for. But this time you got taken….

LKM on Swearing on the Radio
March 14, 2004 at 4:39 am

>with the ‘S’ word edited.

So they *did* edit the “S word”.

JB on Swearing on the Radio
March 14, 2004 at 12:15 pm

They’ve recently been allowed to play songs with swears in them, as long as the swears weren’t like, blatant. For example, I’ve heard “Jeremy” on the radio, unedited, complete with “harmless little fuck” (i can say that, ’cause it’s the internet) line intact.

But I’ve also heard, on top-40, the word “joint” scrambled in a Tom Petty song.

Sometimes (although very seldom) it seems they censor by context, rather than just because a word is present.

I dunno about this “Money” thing though. It does seem like they’re just too lazy to find the radio edit of that song. Surely, if it’s so important to their listeners, they’d go through a little effort– stop the cd when that song comes on, play the edited song, then play the rest of the cd or something.

Jason on Swearing on the Radio
March 14, 2004 at 2:04 pm

Actually, they are pushing fines on not only individual stations but on the person directly responsible. This has started to come about post-Janet Jackson Boob. It’s called the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004. Fines on an INDIVIDUAL could be up to $500,000

And the early 70’s were pre-“family standards” which was something that was in effect from the mid-late 70’s to early-mid 80’s when there were anti-trust questions. This new act is meant to force all broadasting on public airwaves back to those family standards.

Rock Thomas on Swearing on the Radio
March 14, 2004 at 2:34 pm

If you don’t like it get the fuck out. I can’t wait for the prison camps based on your beliefs and content fines during public protests. I thinks we beez dere now dough. Hair Bush!

EvilZak on Swearing on the Radio
March 14, 2004 at 3:14 pm

I find it weird that the station is fighting so badly to get to say “shit” on the radio when they won’t even say it on the Internet.

Jason on Swearing on the Radio
March 15, 2004 at 10:21 am

“Hair Bush!”

The funniest typo that means something else EVER.

Dave from Warren on Swearing on the Radio
April 13, 2004 at 9:38 pm

American philosopher George Santayana stated: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Reason in Common Sense. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1905. p.284. It is very disturbing that our government can abuse various components of our constitution that protect our civil liberties. It is also highly disturbing that our citizenry is so complacent and simplistic in their thinking. The small percentage of millionaires that dictate are lifestyles are not representative of a democracy. Good intentions, good taste, and civic pride should prevail, but never extortioned censorship.

rizzo on Swearing on the Radio
January 15, 2005 at 7:06 pm

why would you want to put those words on your station anyways? you’re only losing listeners. Parents who hear what their kids are listening to are horrified already; WHY MAKE IS WORSE? Our world is turning sick; look at all the junk that kids are exposed to.

lori on Swearing on the Radio
October 3, 2009 at 8:47 am

I find it hard they can not use the s word on the radio but can play Buckcherry’s ” CRAZY BITCH” on the radio and use the word ass ,and another song with my boss is a dick!!!!!!

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