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Montrose Voice, No. 338, April 17, 1987 - File 004. 1987-04-17. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 13, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/11362/show/11336.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 338, April 17, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date April 17, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 004
Transcript APRIL 17, 1987/MONTROSE VOICE 3 Gay Play Broadcast Led to Decision FCC Tightens Obscenity Rules By Sydney Shaw WASHINGTON (UPI)—The government warned broadcasters Thursday of a new crackdown on language that goes beyond the famous "seven dirty words" and promised stricter enforcement of bans on the airing of offensive material. The Federal Communications Commission ruled that television and radio stations will have to adhere to narrower standards of what can be permissibly aired, primarily on the content of the material and the time ofthe broadcast. In the last decade, the FCC said, broadcasters have relaxed definitions of what is offensive material, using almost exclusively the "seven dirty words" as a yardstick. But the FCC said it now will return to applying "the generic definition of indecency," defined as "language or material that depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory activities or organs." That definition came from the FCC's 1975 Pacifica decision, upheld by the Supreme Court in 1978, in which the "seven dirty words" were ruled to be obscene material not suitable for broadcast. Thursday's FCC decision will apply to American radio and television stations. Officials said violaters would be subject to fines and the ultimate penalty in the broadcasting industry loss of licenses. "What we are doing here today is to correct an altogether too narrow interpretation of decency," said FCC Commissioner Dennis Patrick, expected to take over from Mark Fowler as chairman of the agency next week. Fowler said, "Is this the way we want to entertain and inform and inspire people in the audience? Is this a legacy you, the broadcasters, want to foster, per- serve and bequeath?" Several commissioners emphasized the policy will not chill free speach, noting that obscene speech is not protected by the First Amendment. The FCC action arose specifically from complaints against radio stations WYSP-FM in Philadelphia, and the non-commercial stations KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara, Calif., and KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. WYSP carries a morning program by "shock radio" personality Howard Stern, based at WXRX-FM in New York. KCSB, a student station at the University of California-Santa Barbara, aired what the FCC called an "indecent broadcast" after 10 p.m., raising con- BETTER LAID-IS & QARDEriS Total laum maintenance Commercial—Residential • Landscape • Trash Remoual • Chimney Siueep • Tree Serince • Stumps Remoued • Complete Sprinkler Systems FREE ESTIMATES! BEST PRICES! 523-LAWN cerns that children still awake at that hour heard the broadcast. KPFK, owned by the Pacifica Foundation—the organization involved in the Supreme Court case—aired excerpts of a sexually explicit gay play, "Jerker," in August 1986. The FCC voted to send warning letters to the stations in question and then reaffirmed the stricter policing of broadcasts for possibly offensive material. The case involving the broadcast of "Jerker" also will be referred to the Justice Department for further investigation, the commission said. Stern was not immediately available for comment, but his management representative, Don Buchwald, said of the FCC decision: "Howard has always functioned within the letter of the law and will continue to do so. If the law is in violation of the First Amendment, the broadcasters will challenge it." The Pacifica ruling arose from the 1973 airing by Pacifica-owned WBAI- FM of a recording by comedian George Carlin that included the "seven dirty words," which describe bodily functions, parts of the anatomy, sexual acts and incest. Spaces Available to rent for the Westheimer Art Festival April 25-26 Both in our Parking Lot and in our "Out Back" Contact: George or Pickles 527-9669 A Welcome Softball £ Phyen Enjoy Yourself in Houston ... and Play Safe. Want to visit J.O.E. while you're here? Just present an out-of-city ID and tell us you're here for the Lone Star Classic and you can receive a temporary 3-day membership and pass. J.O.E's ADMISSION TIMES: llpm-lam Friday & Saturday; 6-9pm Sunday; 8-9pm Tuesday & Thursday (NEW WHIRS START APRIL 24: admission times 8-9pm Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sim.) What is J.O.E.? It is a private organization of out-of-ttie-closet adult gay men who are in reasonable condition for their body type. Although the lines are not concrete, age and weight restrictions apply. But mental attitude is even more important. J.O.E. meets at the COTTAGE PLAYHOUSE - 611 PACIFIC Look for the Play Safe Flag
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