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Radio Becoming Raunchier, Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells California Newspaper

June 26, 2003

June 26, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - In a special report published today in California's North County Times, entitled "Broadcast standards take a dive," Randy Dotinga writes that radio "On-air personalities seem to get raunchier every year, stretching the boundaries of taste by experimenting with obscenities and disgusting stunts. 'We are going to get to the point where anything goes,' said Jeff McCall, an expert on the media at DePauw University in Indiana.

Later in the column, Dotinga writes, "Sometimes radio stations do get shot down, such as when the FCC fined a New York City radio station whose morning show invited listeners to shag in St. Patrick's Cathedral. But that's an exception. Usually the FCC ignores the 30 or so complaints it gets each month about radio programming, McCall said, and the agency doesn't have time to sit around and listen for dirty words."

The North County Times serves the San Diego area. You can read the piece in is entirety by clicking here.

Dr. McCall, professor of communication arts and sciences and a 1976 graduate of DePauw, wrote a May 28 op-ed in the Indianapolis Star, "This just in: Laci's story is media hype, not news," which is the most widely read story on the newspaper's Web site over the past month. Learn more by clicking here.

Source: North County (Ca.) Times

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