Clear Channel Radio has suspended broadcasts of the Howard Stern show on its six stations that carry it, citing sexually graphic content from Tuesday's broadcast.
I listened to the bit on Tuesday that Clear Channel Radio objected to. It was an interview with Rick Salomon, the guy in the infamous Paris Hilton sex tape. I heard the entire interview and it was absolutely nothing more than I've heard a hundred times on Howard Stern's show. What exactly did Clear Channel Radio think they were airing when they aired the Howard Stern show? With Stern you know exactly what you're going to get and some of it involves sexually explicit content. The word that broke the camel's back according to Clear Channel Radio Chief Executive John Hogan was a caller's use of the N word. As Stern said this morning, "A caller used the N word, and I hung up on him." Please.
Unfortunately, Stern's radio show airs on American stations (I listen on a station from Buffalo) and must adhere to the Federal Communications Commission's interpretation of what is indecent and inappropriate for airing between the hours of 06:00 and 20:00. Stern doesn't have a prayer. The FCC has always been tough but ever since Janet Jackson exposed her breast during halftime of the Super Bowl they've been looking for a sacrificial lamb. It appears as if Howard Stern will be that lamb.