February 26, 2004

Howard Stern Suspended For Indecency

The nation’s largest radio chain has taken shock jock Howard Stern off its stations indefinitely for running afoul of new decency standards.

“We will not air Howard Stern on Clear Channel stations until we are assured that his show will conform to acceptable standards of responsible broadcasting,” said a statement from John Hogan, president and CEO of Clear Channel Radio.

Clear Channel operates 1,200 stations nationwide. It was unclear how many of its stations currently run Stern, who is syndicated across the country by another company, Infinity Broadcasting. The suspension applies only to Clear Channel stations.

Earlier in the day, Clear Channel, which has been under fire from the Federal Communications Commission over allegedly indecent content aired on its stations, announced a zero-tolerance policy that called for immediate suspension of its on-air personalities who cross the line.

Hogan said there would be “no appeals and no immediate steps” for DJs found in violation, and that on-air personalities employed by Clear Channel who were found to have violated FCC indecency rules would be fired.

The company said Stern’s suspension from its stations came after a review of his Tuesday broadcast.

“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,” Hogan said.

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

The statement did not outline what parts of Stern’s show ran afoul of the policy or how long the suspension might last.

In January, the FCC announced it would fine Clear Channel $750,000 for allegedly indecent content aired by one of its DJs, Todd Clem, known as Bubba the Love Sponge. The company fired Clem on Tuesday.

Source CNN.Com.

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Sebadoh Regroups For The First Time Since 1999

Lo-fi indie rock pioneers Sebadoh are ready to tour their home continent for the first time since 1999. Main Sebadites Lou Barlow and Jason Loewenstein will take to stages across North America this spring with pre-recorded percussion on a cassette four-track machine.

The tour kicks off April 19 in St. Louis, Mo., at the Duck Room, and will run for about two and a half weeks, winding up in Nashville May 8.
Sebadoh was formed in 1988 by Barlow with Eric Gaffney while the former was still playing bass for Dinosaur Jr. Loewenstein joined shortly thereafter, quickly becoming Barlow’s main co-contributor as Gaffney faded from the picture.

After eight albums, the last being 1999’s The Sebadoh, Barlow and Loewenstein let the project rest, preferring to concentrate separately on solo ventures and assorted projects. They regrouped last fall for a performance at Domino Records’ 10th anniversary party, and followed up with some shows in Europe.

Although no new album is in the works for Sebadoh, the two are not discounting the possibility. For now, Barlow is halfway through his first “hi-fi solo record,” according to a February 21 post on his Web site. Loewenstein has been lending his drum talents to the recording, as well as working on his own follow-up to 2002’s solo debut, At Sixes And Sevens.

Source pollstar.com.

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