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Advice for radio mice: don’t break FCC indecency rules during the shutdown

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The Federal Communications Commission’s website is mostly down for the duration of the Federal government funding outage. Looks like the whole application filing system is temporarily kaput, which is probably bad news for the impending Low Power FM window, but we’ll have to see how long this crisis lasts.

In the meantime, we are noticing various “cats away? time for mice to play” comments on Facebook pages. Most along the lines of “Oh boy, does shutdown this mean we can break the FCC’s indecency rules now? Party!!!”

Very bad idea. The Commission’s Enforcement Bureau felines may be away for the moment, but when the system is restored, the online complaint mechanism will be back in business. Folks who heard your station’s expletive laden antics will then be able to file their protests, and your signal could find itself in that very special World of Pain that is an FCC indecency complaint investigation.

So mind your on air manners girls and boys. The FCC’s kitties will be back sooner or later, with claws just as sharp as before.


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2 Responses to Advice for radio mice: don’t break FCC indecency rules during the shutdown

  1. Sherry Gendelman October 2, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, especially for use onTwitter

  2. Jim Radio October 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Ahem. However! There are other mice, less cutesy pie mice, that don’t think the government has any business in their radio business, if it is not interfering with anybody else’s business! SO! MOFO! Perhaps as the captains of the sea have walked themselves off the plank, the pirates, those patched-eye, swill swillin’ blunderers of the airwaves can run amok! Amok! Amok!
    Free the airwaves?
    Who ever thought we would miss the FCC??

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