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Censoring Cursing On Radio

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TheForce
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Censoring Cursing On Radio

Post by TheForce » Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:52 pm

I have often wondered this about radio programming. Are radio stations allowed to play music w/o having cursing bleeped out or replaced? If not, is this why we don't hear many stations playing metal? What are the rules on this?

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Re: Censoring Cursing On Radio

Post by NS8401 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:59 pm

TheForce wrote:I have often wondered this about radio programming. Are radio stations allowed to play music w/o having cursing bleeped out or replaced? If not, is this why we don't hear many stations playing metal? What are the rules on this?
There are certain words that cannot be aired per FCC indecency regulations. If they are aired the station could face hefty fines. Since that is the case stations do not take this lightly and just play "radio edits" of songs to remove offensive material. In theory on the TV side they could air indecent or profane programming from 10pm to 6am but nobody does for fear of offending someone and getting excoriated for it. This is all designed to not only protect sensibilities but also children since the thinking is that from 6am to 10pm there may be a large number of children in the audience. None of this applies to cable even if they also edit everything anyways.

Here is an explanation from the FCC on what they consider indecent language:
http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/oip/

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Re: Censoring Cursing On Radio

Post by RingtailedFox » Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:21 pm

Canadian radio stations air uncensored music all the time. I remember back in 2010, i saw full frontal nudity on CHCH-TV during an overnight movie (via their repeater in Alvinston, CHCH-TV-2)... not sure if that was an anomaly, or if how things are up here on television, too... I know TQS and CITY-TV in Toronto aired softcore porn after midnights in the early 1990s... but nothing like actual outright nudity...
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Re: Censoring Cursing On Radio

Post by TC Talks » Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:02 am

We heard this song on WJLB... With F*$k and B^$ch edited out, there's hardly any song left...

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Re: Censoring Cursing On Radio

Post by craig11152 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:17 am

TC Talks wrote: With F*$k and B^$ch edited out, there's hardly any song left...
Some might suggest if thats the case there was hardly any song to begin with.
Finally, he switched to a bone saw to finish the job, and at 9:17 p.m., Mountain time, the head of the greatest hitter who ever lived had been sliced off.

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Re: Censoring Cursing On Radio

Post by jry » Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:45 pm

Shoot, Frank Beckmann had the frontman for Loverly on and he said S41T on the air. They didn't dump it.

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Re: Censoring Cursing On Radio

Post by Bryce » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:48 pm

NS8401 wrote: In theory on the TV side they could air indecent or profane programming from 10pm to 6am but nobody does for fear of offending someone and getting excoriated for it.
Except for PBS in the mid to late 70's. I, Claudius was even indecent by today's standards. No one complained.
There sure isn't as much excitement, fawning, or adulation over our first orange president as there was over our first black one. Evidently, orange really isn't the new black.

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