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Hartford Advocate Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 6, 2004

May 6, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "Jeffrey McCall, a professor of communication arts and sciences at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, says the FCC's recent crackdown on indecency wasn't inspired by Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction' during this year's Super Bowl halftime show, but began last fall, after U2 frontman Bono uttered [an expletive] during the Golden Globe Awards broadcast," writes Chris Harris in today's edition of Connecticut's Hartford Advocate. Dr. McCall tells the newspaper that the FCC's decision that Bono's outburst was not indecent, it drew "attention of a lot of people around the country, who started contacting their congressmen and complaining."

The article examines why episodes of indecency on Spanish-speaking radio broadcasts have not been scrutinized by the Federal Communications Commission in the same way the agency has fined "shock jocks" Howard Stern and Bubba the Love Sponge. White writes, "Spanish-language radio personalities have, says McCall, operated, to a certain extent, underneath the FCC's radar for the last few years. 'These stations have a large following of Spanish listeners,' he explains. 'Chances are the listeners of Spanish-language broadcasts, to a large degree, are sympathetic with the broadcasters, and are less likely to call in and complain because there's this sense that, 'We're not going to turn in these people who are broadcasting for us. It all boils down to who's hearing it, and who's offended.'"

Read the complete story at the Advocate's Web site by clicking here.

Professor McCall, a 1976 graduate of DePauw, appeared on FOX News network's O'Reilly Factor last night. Read what he had to say, and access video clips from the program, by clicking here.

Source: Hartford Advocate

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