FCC Indecency Fines, 1970-2004

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Fines are ordered chronologically within each FCC chairman's tenure according to the date they were proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Case name

Chairman
(Party)

Airdate

          Description          
of offense

Date fine proposed

Date fine
released

Months from airdate to release of proposed fine

Original
fine

Final
outcome

Final date

Fine paid

Notes

WUHY/Eastern Education Radio

Dean Burch (R)

Jan. 4,
1970

"Grateful Dead" frontman Jerry Garcia utters string of profanities.

April 1,
1970

April 1,
1970

2

$100

No record
available

No record
available

No record
available

 

WGLD/Sonderling
Broadcasting Co.

Dean Burch (R)

Feb. 21,
1973

Talk show discusses oral sex.

 

April 11,
1973

1

$2,000

No record
available

No record
available

No record
available

 

WBAI/Pacifica Broadcasting

Richard Wiley (R)

Oct. 30,
1973

George Carlin's famous "Seven Dirty Words."

Feb. 12,
1975

April 21,
1975

17

$0

N/A

N/A

$0

No fine proposed

WXPN/University of Penn.

Richard Wiley (R)

Jan. 20,
1975

Profanity-filled sex talk show discusses incest.

Dec. 4,
1975

Dec. 4,
1975

10

$2,000

No record
available

No record
available

No record
available

 

KZKC-TV/Kansas City

Dennis R. Patrick (R)

May 26,
1987

Talk show discusses R-rated film "Private Lessons."

June 23,
1988

June 23,
1988

13

$2,000

Cancelled

Sept. 6,
1989

 

 

Great American Television
and Radio Co./WFBQ, WNDE

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

June 1,
1987

Sexual double-entendre with Bob and Tom Show.

July 19,
1990

Oct. 29,
1990

37

$10,000

Paid

Sept. 19,
1990

$10,000

 

Evergreen Media/WLUP

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Aug. 19,
1987

Shock jocks Steve Dahl, Garry Meier play "Kiddie Porn" song.

Nov. 30,
1989

Nov. 30,
1989

27

$6,000

Referred to Justice Dept.

Dec. 17,
1991

$0

 

Pacific and Southern Co./KSD

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Sept. 28,
1987

Excerpts from Playboy account of Jessica Hahn's rape charge against televangelist Jim Bakker.

Sept. 27,
1990

Oct. 29,
1990

35

$2,000

Paid

Oct. 1,
1990

$2,000

 

Guy Gannett Publishing Co./WZTA

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Oct. 27,
1987

Station plays "Penis Envy" song.

Oct. 26,
1989

Oct. 26,
1990

23

$2,000

Paid

Feb. 19,
1991

$2,000

 

WLLZ/Legacy Broadcasting

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Jan. 21,
1988

Show plays parody song "Walk with an Erection."

Sept. 29,
1989

Sept. 29,
1989

20

$2,000

Paid

Oct. 4,
1989

$2,000

 

Case name

Chairman
(Party)

Airdate

          Description          
of offense

Date fine proposed

Date fine
released

Months from airdate to release of proposed fine

Original
fine

Final
outcome

Final date

Fine paid

Notes

Nationwide Communications Inc./KLUC

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

May 16,
1988

Station plays Prince's "Erotic City," which includes lyrics: "We can funk until the dawn, making love ’til cherry’s gone."

April 19,
1990

Oct. 26,
1989

17

$2,000

Paid

April 19,
1990

$2,000

 

KFI Inc./KFI

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Nov. 12,
1988

Several broadcasts with shock jock Tom Leykis, including one on zoophilia.

Oct. 26,
1989

Oct. 26,
1989

11

$6,000

Paid

Nov. 29,
1989

$6,000

 

Mel Karmazin/Infinity Broadcasting/
Sagittarius Broadcasting
Corp./WXRK, WYSP, WJFK

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Dec. 16,
1988

Gay sex talk; guest plays keyboard with penis.

Nov. 29,
1990

Dec. 7,
1990

23

$6,000

Paid

Sept. 5,
1995

Paid

 

Narragansett Broadcasting
Co. of Calif./KSJO

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Oct. 1,
1989

Perry Stone show employs sexual humor.

June 18,
1990

June 26,
1990

8

$20,000

Paid

July 9,
1990

$20,000

 

Independent Group Limited
Partnership/WWWE

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

June 15,
1989

Gary Dee show employs sexual humor.

April 25,
1990

Oct. 26,
1990

10

$8,000

Paid

April 26,
1990

$8,000

 

Goodrich Broadcasting Inc./WVIC

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Sept. 27,
1989

Discussion about a man who purportedly had a testicle trapped in a hot tub drain.

April 7,
1991

April 23,
1991

18

$2,000

Referred to Justice Dept.

Nov. 30,
1992

$0

Closed June 13,
1994; U.S. attorney's office declined to pursue

Sound Broadcasting Corp./KCNA

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Nov. 17,
1989

Caller uses multiple profanities; hosts make gay jokes, including one regarding Liberace.

April 17,
1991

April 23,
1991

17

$4,000

Rescinded

May 5,
1997

$0

 

KGB Inc./KGB

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Feb. 1,
1990

Morning show plays Monty Python song "Sit on My Face."

 

May 26,
1992

27

$12,500

Paid

Sept. 11,
1998

$9,200

 

Rusk Corp./KLOL

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Feb. 5,
1990

Sex discussion with Stevens and Pruett.

Oct. 18,
1990

Oct. 29,
1990

8

$6,000

Paid

Oct. 22,
1990

$6,000

 

Case name

Chairman
(Party)

Airdate

          Description          
of offense

Date fine proposed

Date fine
released

Months from airdate to release of proposed fine

Original
fine

Final
outcome

Final date

Fine paid

Notes

L.M. Communications of
South Carolina/WYBB

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Aug. 8,
1990

The Morning Show uses excretory profanity.

Feb. 14,
1992

Feb. 24,
1992

18

$3,750

Dismissed

Nov. 25,
1992

$0

 

San Francisco Century
Broadcasting/KMEL

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Aug. 20,
1991

Discussion of fellatio.

 

July 29,
1992

11

$25,000

Paid

April 12,
1994

$25,000

 

Greater Los Angeles Radio/KLSX

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Oct. 1,
1991

Numerous Howard Stern broadcasts, including discussion of the arrest for indecent exposure of actor Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman).

 

Oct. 27,
1992

12

$105,000

Paid

March 17,
1997

$105,000

Paid as part of settlement

Mel Karmazin, Sagittarius Broadcasting
Corp., Infinity Broadcasting/
WXRK, WYSP, WJFK

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

Oct. 1,
1991

Numerous Howard Stern broadcasts, including discussion of the arrest for indecent exposure of actor Paul Rubens (aka Pee Wee Herman).

Oct. 27,
1992

Dec. 18,
1992

12

$600,000

Paid

Sept. 5,
1995

$600,000

Paid as part of settlement

State University of New York/WSUC

Alfred C. Sikes (R)

June 21,
1992

Station plays rap song containing profanities and graphic sexual imagery.

 

Jan. 7,
1993

6

$23,750

Paid

March 19,
1999

$23,750

 

Evergreen Media, WLUP(AM)

James H. Quello  (D)

Jan. 13,
1991

Shock jocks Steve Dahl and Garry Meier discuss penis size.

 

Feb. 25,
1993

25

$33,750

Paid

March 17,
1994

$10,000

Paid as part of 1994 settlement

The Rusk Corp., KLOL(FM)

James H. Quello  (D)

March 14,
1991

Discussion of penis size.

 

May 6,
1993

25

$33,750

Paid

May 26,
1993

$33,750

 

Mel Karmazin/Infinity Broadcasting &
Sagittarius Broadcasting/
WXRK, WYSP, WJFK

James H. Quello  (D)

Nov. 10,
1992

Howard Stern discusses size of actor Richard Gere's penis, among other sexual matters.

 

Aug. 12,
1993

9

$500,000

Paid

Sept. 5,
1995

$500,000

Paid as part of settlement

Americom Las Vegas,
KFBI(FM)

James H. Quello  (D)

Nov. 10,
1992

Howard Stern discusses size of actor Richard Gere's penis, among other sexual matters.

 

Aug. 12,
1993

9

$73,750

Rescinded

July 26,
2000

$0

 

Case name

Chairman
(Party)

Airdate

          Description          
of offense

Date fine proposed

Date fine
released

Months from airdate to release of proposed fine

Original
fine

Final
outcome

Final date

Fine paid

Notes

WCKS Broadcasters/WCKS

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

April 10,
1991

Station's promos invoke shrunken testicles: "Z-93 -- We keep it harder, longer."

Sept. 7,
1994

Sept. 14,
1994

40

$4,000

Paid

 

$4,000

 

Flambo Broadcasting/KFMH

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Aug. 30,
1991

Jokes involving fellatio and pedophilia.

March 25,
1994

April 1,
1994

30

$12,500

Rescinded

July 27,
2000

$0

 

Agape Broadcasting/KNON

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

July 12,
1992

Station plays song "I Want to be a Homosexual."

March 25,
1994

April 1,
1994

20

$12,500

Paid

Feb. 24,
1998

$2,000

Reduced to $2,000 in
order issued Feb. 10,
1998

Grant Broadcasting/
WJPR, WFXR

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

July 24,
1993

Broadcast of profanity-filled movie dialogue.

June 4,
1997

June 24,
1997

46

$2,000

Rescinded

Aug. 1,
1997

$0

Aug. 1,
1997 via unpublished letter

Mel Karmazin/
Infinity Broadcasting &
Sagittarius Broadcasting
Corp./WXRK, WYSP, WJFK

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Feb. 6,
1993

Discussion of masturbation.

 

May 20,
1994

15

$200,000

Paid

Sept. 5,
1995

$200,000

Paid as part of settlement

Mel Karmazin/Infinity
Broadcasting & Sagittarius Broadcasting/WXRK, WYSP, WJFK

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Aug. 4,
1993

Howard Stern discusses pubic grooming, among other sexual matters.

Jan. 31,
1994

Feb. 1,
1994

5

$400,000

Paid

Sept. 5,
1995

$400,000

Paid as part of settlement

Rich Communications/WGRF

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Sept. 1,
1993

Hosts discuss woman having sex with a toilet plunger.

May 5,
1995

May 12,
1995

20

$4,000

Paid

May 30,
1985

$4,000

 

Americom Las Vegas,
KFBI(FM)

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Sept. 30,
1993

Howard Stern discusses soiled female underwear, among other sexual matters.

 

Feb. 1,
1994

4

$37,500

Rescinded

July 26,
2000

$0

 

Southern Nevada
Radio/KKLZ

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

March 2,
1994

Discussion of anal sex and bodily fluids.

Aug. 19,
1994

Aug. 29,
1994

5

$8,000

Cancelled

June 22,
1999

$0

 

American Radio
Systems/WCMF

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Aug. 17,
1994

Defecatory humor.

June 4,
1997

June 24,
1997

33

$2,000

Paid

July 15,
1997

$2,000

 

Case name

Chairman
(Party)

Airdate

          Description          
of offense

Date fine proposed

Date fine
released

Months from airdate to release of proposed fine

Original
fine

Final
outcome

Final date

Fine paid

Notes

Benchmark
Communications/WVGO

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Oct. 23,
1995

Howard Stern has father of porn star Jenna Jameson identify his daughter's vagina in a lineup of photographs.

 

Oct. 15,
1996

11

$10,000

Paid

May 5,
1997

$6,000

Reduced to $6,000

EZ New Orleans/WEZB

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Nov. 22,
1995

Several broadcasts, including sex-talk show and Howard Stern with Jenna Jameson's father.

April 2,
1997

April 8,
1997

16

$12,000

Paid

April 11,
1997

$12,000

 

CBS/WXRK

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Oct. 23,
1995

Howard Stern has father of porn star Jenna Jameson identify his daughter's vagina in a lineup of photographs.

June 4,
1997

June 24,
1997

19

$6,000

Rescinded

Feb. 5,
2001

$0

Due to passage of time

Waterman Broadcasting/
KTFM

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Jan. 26,
1996

Station plays Prince's "Erotic City," which includes lyrics: "We can funk until the dawn, making love ’til cherry’s gone."

 

Nov. 12,
1996

9

$7,500

Rescinded

April 15,
1997

$0

 

Jencom Broadcasting WVIC

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

June 3,
1996

Profanities.

 

Oct. 4,
1996

4

$8,000

Rescinded

 

$0

 

NPR Phoenix/KPTY, KBZR

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Nov. 14,
1996

Station plays Prince's "Erotic City," which includes lyrics: "We can funk until the dawn, making love ’til cherry’s gone."

Aug. 27,
1997

June 19,
1998

9

$7,500

Paid

Sept. 5,
1998

$7,500

 

Jacor Broadcasting/WEBN

Reed E. Hundt  (D)

Feb. 25,
1997

Bubba the Love Sponge describes having multiple-partner sex with a lesbian couple.

June 19,
1997

June 24,
1997

3

$4,000

Paid

Sept. 16,
1997

$4,000

 

Eagle Radio/KEGL

William E. Kennard (D)

Sept. 30,
1993

Howard Stern discusses soiled female underwear.

June 4,
1998

June 5,
1998

56

$2,000

Paid

June 22,
1998

$2,000

 

Clear Channel/KKND

William E. Kennard (D)

Feb. 7,
1997

Various sexual discussions with Howard Stern including zoophilia.

 

June 29,
1998

16

$6,000

Paid

Sept. 11,
1998

$6,000

 

Case name

Chairman
(Party)

Airdate

          Description          
of offense

Date fine proposed

Date fine
released

Months from airdate to release of proposed fine

Original
fine

Final
outcome

Final date

Fine paid

Notes

Infinity Broadcasting/KROQ

William E. Kennard (D)

March 28,
1997

Broadcast of profanity-filled song "You Suck" by Consolidated.

 

Aug. 24,
1998

16

$2,000

DOJ declined to prosecute

 

$0

Closed May 2,
2003. U.S. attorney's office declined to pursue.

Citicasters/WXTB

William E. Kennard (D)

May 8,
1997

Various broadcasts with Bubba the Love Sponge including purported on-air enema.

 

Oct. 16,
1998

17

$23,000

Paid

 

$23,000

 

Citicasters/WXTB

William E. Kennard (D)

June 12,
1997

Various sexual discussions with Bubba the Love Sponge including female caller purportedly masturbating with telephone.

 

Aug. 10,
1998

13

$4,000

Paid

Sept. 10,
1998

$4,000

 

Tempe Radio/KUPD

William E. Kennard (D)

Aug. 2,
1997

Unknown

Dec. 10,
1997

Dec. 17,
1997

4

$2,000

Paid

Jan. 17,
1998

$2,000

 

Back Bay Broadcasting/
WWKX

William E. Kennard (D)

March 16,
1998

Host uses profanities.

 

March 17,
1999

12

$7,000

Paid

May 3,
1999

$7,000

 

WQAM LLP/WQAM

William E. Kennard (D)

May 20,
1998

Sexual novelty songs, discussion of sexual enema with caller.

 

July 22,
1999

14

$35,000

Paid

June 10,
2002

$35,000

DOJ settlement for full amount

Citicasters/WXTB

William E. Kennard (D)

May 28,
1998

Bubba the Love Sponge routine in which caller orders female sex doll.

 

Jan. 8,
1999

7

$7,000

Paid

July 20,
2000

$7,000

 

Clear Channel/KTXQ

William E. Kennard (D)

June 8,
1998

Lex and Terry show discusses penis size of female caller's partner.

Oct. 5,
2000

Oct. 6,
2000

27

$7,000

Paid

Feb. 7,
2001

$7,000

 

LBJS Broadcasting/KLBJ

William E. Kennard (D)

June 12,
1998

Host uses profanity to insult caller.

 

Oct. 26,
1998

4

$3,000

Paid

Nov. 30,
1998

$3,000

 

Three Eagles of Columbus
Inc./KROR

William E. Kennard (D)

Feb. 26,
1999

Bob and Tom routine employs sexual double-entendre

April 27,
2000

April 28,
2000

14

$7,000

Paid

Sept. 29,
2000

$6,000

Amount reduced to $6,000

Communicast/KRXK/
Spanish

William E. Kennard (D)

Jan. 12,
1999

Female caller describes sex with husband in Spanish.

July 13,
2000

July 14,
2000

18

$7,000

Paid

Sept. 18,
2000

$2,500

DOJ settlement for $2,500

Regent Licensee/KZGL

William E. Kennard (D)

Aug. 28,
1999

Interview with adult film star who spells sexual terms for body parts, fluids.

Sept. 6,
2000

Sept. 7,
2000

12

$6,000

Paid

Oct. 12,
2000

$6,000

 

Citicasters/KSJO

William E. Kennard (D)

Aug. 25,
1999

Lamont and Tonelli show airs joke involving incestuous pedophilia.

Sept. 25,
2000

Sept. 26,
2000

13

$7,000

Paid

Oct. 12,
2000

$7,000

 

Case name

Chairman
(Party)

Airdate

          Description          
of offense

Date fine proposed

Date fine
released

Months from airdate to release of proposed fine

Original
fine

Final
outcome

Final date

Fine paid

Notes

Viacom/CBS/WLLD

William E. Kennard (D)

Sept. 11,
1999

Station plays rap songs with profanities.

Dec. 1,
2000

Dec. 5,
2000

14

$7,000

 

 

 

Agreed to be paid as part of Viacom $3.5 million consent decree.

Citicasters/KSJO

William E. Kennard (D)

Feb. 9,
2000

Lamont and Tonelli show guest gives fellatio instruction.

Sept. 25,
2000

Sept. 26,
2000

7

$7,000

Paid

Oct. 12,
2000

$7,000

 

Clear Channel/WZEE

William E. Kennard (D)

Aug. 24,
2000

Station plays unedited version of Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady," containing profanities.

Jan. 16,
2001

Jan. 18,
2001

4

$7,000

Paid

Feb. 8,
2001

$7,000

 

WLDI Inc./WCOM/P.R.

Michael K. Powell (R)

Oct. 18,
1999

Spanish-language sexual programming, including discussion of anal sex.

Feb. 8,
2001

Feb. 8,
2001

15

$21,000

Paid

Aug. 5,
2002

$16,800

Reduced to $16,800.

KBOO Foundation/KBOO

Michael K. Powell (R)

Oct. 20,
1999

Station plays rap song "Your Revolution," which contains sexual content.

May 14,
2001

May 17,
2001

18

$7,000

Cancelled

 

$0

 

Telemundo WKAQ TV

Michael K. Powell (R)

April 3,
2000

Spanish-language sexual television programming, including a couple in a bubble bath.

March 29,
2001

March 30,
2001

11

$21,000

Paid

Aug. 13,
2001

$21,000

 

Citicasters/KEGL

Michael K. Powell (R)

April 30,
2000

Hosts Kramer and Twitch attempt to goad 17-year-old female caller into masturbating on-air.

March 30,
2001

April 3,
2001

11

$14,000

Paid

April 12,
2001

$14,000

 

Emmis/WKQX

Michael K. Powell (R)

March 20,
2000

Shock jock "Mancow" Muller discusses sex acts, including "fisting," with female guests.

April 5,
2001

April 6,
2001

12

$14,000

 

 

 

Agreed to be paid as part of Aug. 12,
2004 consent decree; reconsideration of consent decree order pending.

Citadel/KKMG

Michael K. Powell (R)

July 18,
2000

Station plays edited version of Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" with profanities removed.

May 31,
2001

June 1,
2001

10

$7,000

Cancelled

 

$0

 

Viacom/Infinity
Broadcasting/WNEW

Michael K. Powell (R)

Nov. 15,
2000

Shock jocks Opie & Anthony air song describing incestuous pedophilia.

June 6,
2002

June 7,
2002

18

$21,000

Paid

 

 

Agreed to be paid as part of Viacom $3.5 million consent decree. Reconsideration of consent decree pending.

Edmund Dinis/WJFD

Michael K. Powell (R)

Dec. 7,
2000

Broadcast of sexual jokes.

Dec. 12,
2002

Dec. 13,
2002

24

$22,400

Cancelled

 

$0

 

Emmis/WKQX

Michael K. Powell (R)

March 6,
2001

Shock jock "Mancow" Muller airs wide range of sex talk, including penis size.

March 20,
2002

March 21,
2002

12

$21,000

 

 

 

Agreed to be paid as part of Aug. 12,
2004 consent decree; reconsideration of consent decree order pending.

Case name

Chairman
(Party)

Airdate

          Description          
of offense

Date fine proposed

Date fine
released

Months from airdate to release of proposed fine

Original
fine

Final
outcome

Final date

Fine paid

Notes

Emmis/WKQX

Michael K. Powell (R)

March 12,
2001

Shock jock "Mancow" Muller airs song, "Smell My Finger."

June 27,
2002

June 28,
2002

15

$7,000

Paid

 

 

Agreed to be paid as part of Aug. 12,
2004 consent decree; reconsideration of consent decree order pending.

Spanish/GA-MEX/WAZX

Michael K. Powell (R)

April 6,
2001

Station broadcasts sexual jokes in Spanish.

April 30,
2002

May 1,
2002

12

$7,000

Paid

July 1,
2002

$7,000

 

Entercom/KNDD

Michael K. Powell (R)

May 30,
2001

Morning show discusses proposed contest in which men would pull and lift objects with their penises.

Jan. 25,
2002

Jan. 28,
2002

7

$14,000

 

 

 

Reduced to $12,000.  FCC affirmed.  Reconsideration pending.

Clear Channel/WPLA

Michael K. Powell (R)

July 19,
2001

Bubba the Love Sponge describes sexual activity between cartoon characters, including George and Jane Jetson.

Jan. 26,
2004

Jan. 27,
2004

30

$715,000

Paid

Jan. 17,
2004

$715,000

Total NAL for $755,000. $40,000 for public file violations.

Viacom/Infinity
Broadcasting/WKRK

Michael K. Powell (R)

July 26,
2001

Howard Stern discusses a number of sexual activities, including scatological humor.

March 8,
2004

March 18,
2004

31

$27,500

Paid

 

 

Agreed to be paid as part of Viacom $3.5 million consent decree. Reconsideration of consent decree pending.

Rubber City Group/WONE

Michael K. Powell (R)

Nov. 29,
2001

Broadcast of sexual joke involving infant.

Aug. 1,
2002

Aug. 2,
2002

8

$7,000

Paid

Aug. 22,
2002

$7,000

 

Viacom/Infinity
Broadcasting/WKRK

Michael K. Powell (R)

Jan. 9,
2002

Hosts Deminski and Doyle discuss a number of degrading sexual activities.

March 28,
2003

April 3,
2003

14

$27,500

Paid

 

 

Agreed to be paid as part of Viacom $3.5 million consent decree. Recon. of consent decree pending.

Clear Channel/DC101

Michael K. Powell (R)

May 7,
2002

Washington's Elliot Segal engages in sexual talk with two female Bishop O'Connell high school students.

Sept. 30,
2003

Oct. 2,
2003

16

$55,000

Paid

Oct. 2,
2003

$55,000

 

Clear Channel/WAVW

Michael K. Powell (R)

May 31,
2002

Hosts broadcast couple claiming to have sex.

Feb. 20,
2004

March 18,
2004

20

$55,000

Paid

June 9,
2004

$55,000

Clear Channel settled for $1.75 million.

Entercom Kansas City/Entercom Wichita/
KQRC, KFH(AM)

Michael K. Powell (R)

April 4,
2002

Dare and Murphy Show: porn star Ron Jeremy discusses self-fellation.

Sept. 28,
2004

Dec. 22,
2004

29

$220,000

Pending

 

 

Pending

Case name

Chairman
(Party)

Airdate

          Description          
of offense

Date fine proposed

Date fine
released

Months from airdate to release of proposed fine

Original
fine

Final
outcome

Final date

Fine paid

Notes

Viacom/Infinity
Broadcasting/WNEW

Michael K. Powell (R)

Aug. 15,
2002

Shock jocks Opie & Anthony broadcast couple claiming to have sex in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Sept. 30,
2003

Oct. 2,
2003

13

$357,000

Paid

 

 

Agreed to be paid as part of Viacom $3.5 million consent decree. Reconsideration of consent decree pending.

Entercom/KRXQ

Michael K. Powell (R)

Sept. 13,
2002

Hosts Arnie & Dawn describe a number of dangerous and degrading sexual activities.

Sept. 22,
2004

Oct. 15,
2004

24

$55,000

Pending

 

 

Pending

Young Broadcasting/
KRON TV

Michael K. Powell (R)

Oct. 4,
2002

"Puppetry of the Penis" players display penis on live television.

Jan. 23,
2004

Jan. 27,
2004

15

$27,500

Pending

 

 

NAL response pending

Clear Channel/DC101

Michael K. Powell (R)

March 13,
2003

Washington's Elliot Segal uses slang term for cunnilingus.

March 4,
2004

March 12,
2004

11

$247,500

Paid

June 9,
2004

$247,500

Clear Channel settled for $1.75 million.

NewsCorp/Fox
Broadcasting Television

Michael K. Powell (R)

April 7,
2003

"Married By America" shows digitally obscured nudity.

Oct. 5,
2004

Oct. 12,
2004

17

$1,183,000

Pending

 

 

Pending

Clear Channel/WBGG

Michael K. Powell (R)

April 9,
2003

Howard Stern discusses "finger banging," among other sexual matters.

April 7,
2004

April 8,
2004

11

$495,000

Paid

June 9,
2004

$495,000

Clear Channel settled for $1.75 million.

Beasley Group/WQAM

Michael K. Powell (R)

Sept. 9,
2003

Host Scott Farrell tells caller he will "stuff his package" into caller's wife's mouth.

Sept. 22,
2004

Nov. 23,
2004

12

$55,000

Pending

 

 

Pending

Clear Channel/WITH

Michael K. Powell (R)

Sept. 17,
2003

Washington's WIHT morning show broadcasts host claiming to use penis pump.

Feb. 20,
2004

June 10,
2004

5

$27,500

Cancelled

June 10,
2004

$0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viacom/CBS
television stations

Michael K. Powell (R)

Feb. 1,
2004

Janet Jackson bares breast during Super Bowl halftime show.

Aug. 31,
2004

Sept. 22,
2004

6

$550,000

Pending

 

 

Pending

Compiled by Frank Ahrens, The Washington Post


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