WBAI Plays It Safe, Airs 'Howl' Special Online Only
October 4, 2007 at 5:54 AM (PT)
PACIFICA RADIO's WBAI/NEW YORK says that it decided to run a special commemmorating the 50th anniversary of the court ruling that ALLEN GINSBERG's "HOWL" was not obscene online instead of over the air for fear of FCC indecency fines. The station is the same one that was fined for airing GEORGE CARLIN's "Seven Dirty Words" bit that led to a landmark 1978 SUPREME COURT decision.
"Fifty years later, with draconian FCC fines for language infractions, you still can't hear 'HOWL' on the radio. That's something to howl about," the station's website asserted.