Red Wolf To FCC: Stop Citadel-ABC Deal Due To O&A
February 28, 2007 at 8:45 AM (PT)
RED WOLF BROADCASTING adds another facet to its Petition to Deny the sale of ABC RADIO stations to CITADEL, and this time the complaint centers on syndicated hosts OPIE AND ANTHONY.
The Second Supplement to Petition to Deny, filed today by attorney ARTHUR BELENDIUK, charges that CITADEL picked up O&A's show for several markets despite being "well aware that it was playing with fire" and "chose corporate profits over the public interest."
The pleading claims that O&A use "the public airwaves to promote the sale of pornographic materials," specifically through their website advertising, as well as by "on-air interviews of porn stars and such promotions as 'Whip em out WEDNESDAY.'" The filing recites several O&A bits, including an eggnog drinking contest, the WAAF/BOSTON APRIL FOOLS DAY hoax claiming BOSTON Mayor THOMAS MENINO was dead, and the infamous "Sex For SAM" contest for which they were taken off WNEW/NEW YORK.
BELENDIUK charges that O&A "do not limit the promotion of their website to Whip em out WEDNESDAY, but rather use their broadcast time to constantly drive listeners to their site. This is not radio promotion, but a form of plugola. OPIE and ANTHONY, and CITADEL by association, are in the business of selling hardcore pornography, sex chat and sex search websites," referring to related site FOUNDRY MUSIC's "Hardcore Superstore." The filing asks if CITADEL and XM SATELLITE RADIO "get a cut of the funds for driving... listeners to pornographic websites?"
RED WOLF has challenged the license renewals of several CITADEL stations over allegations of payola and has been battling with CITADEL for several years, beginning with RED WOLF claiming CITADEL tried to force it to sell a NEW LONDON, CT station and later escalating with a challenge by CITADEL over RED WOLF's application for a translator.