Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hello CEI:

The following are THREE of your assignments for the weeks below in BOLD. Please answer all THREE questions in their entirety, thoughtfully, and grammatically correct. Ensure to use factual information, and provide website links where applicable.

WEEK OF 3.3.08:

Below is an article from Newsday with regards to DJ Randy from WBLI for a slanderous comment he made about the residents In Mastic/Shirley area in Suffolk County, NY on-air.

In addition, I have posted some links you could use in your research.

If an on-air disc jockey made a negative reference to you, about you, or about your neighborhood, what would you do?
Should jocks have the right to make those types of slanderous comments without penalties? Ask a radio station manager, what would you decide the disciplinary action should be… if any? Do you feel DJ Randys penalty was enough, or not enough and why?



WBLI host to apologize to Mastic area residents
10:50 PM EST, February 29, 2008
An embattled radio host who ridiculed the poverty of the Mastic area is expected to apologize Monday to a firehouse full of irate residents, a station spokesman said Friday.But whatever words of sorrow WBLI-FM co-host Randy Spears offers Monday morning at the Mastic fire station won't placate the Concerned Citizens of Mastic Beach, which plans to picket Saturday outside the West Babylon radio station to demand his ouster, said the group's vice president, Victor Zeleny."They went after Imus for basically the same thing -- and Imus didn't attack an entire tri-hamlet," said Zeleny, referring to the firing last April at another radio station of shock jock Don Imus for disparaging Rutgers' women's basketball players.Spears -- who has co-hosted "BLI in the Morning" on WBLI for 21/2 years -- stoked the ire of local politicians and activists on Wednesday by asking a caller from the Mastic area, "Did your pipes freeze under the trailer, or do you have that stuff down there to keep them warm?"The caller countered that she lived in a house and said she was "very angry," prompting Spears' reply: "Just think, if you win this game, the whole trailer park will be excited."People in Mastic, Mastic Beach and Shirley have been trying for years to shake the South Shore communities' reputation of a higher-than-usual concentration of low-income residents and sex offenders. The area garnered bad press earlier this year when three separate children reported being accosted by men.After Spears continued to anger activists the next day by refusing to apologize on the air, station management banned him from the airwaves and suspended him without pay, said station spokesman Todd Shapiro.Petitions were circulated. Boycotts were threatened.But assuming Spears apologizes to the station's satisfaction, he will be back on the air though his pay will have been docked for two days, Shapiro said.Zeleny, the protest organizer, said he would still push advertisers to boycott the station because Spears didn't immediately apologize.Spears -- station management wouldn't reveal his real name -- has not responded to numerous attempts by Newsday to reach him, including through electronic messages and requests to the station's publicist.The 106.1-FM morning show is ranked fifth in morning drive-time on Long Island, according to the Arbitron ratings service.Staff writer John Valenti .contributed to this story.
Copyright © 2008,
Newsday Inc.


WEEK OF 3.10.2008 & 3.24.2008
Below is an article from the 1010 WINS website. The story is about a college jock under fire for his racy show. Please conduct your own research in addition to what I provided.

QUESTION #2 & QUESTION #3 (covering both weeks)
Although activities like this are acceptable on commercial radio stations, non-commercial radio stations have different rules and regulations. Either way, if you have FM after your call letters, you are subject to FCC fines, investigations, and sometimes worse. Do you feel that these students should be expelled, and why? If the FCC decides to peruse actions against the jocks, what should it be and why? If the FCC decides to peruse actions against the university, what should those actions be and why? Do feel events and programming similar to this one should be on college radio, why or why not?

College DJ Under Fire for Racy Show, Videos
MONTCLAIR, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- A
Montclair State University student under fire for his racy radio show has responded to the school's investigation by comparing himself to America's most famous shock jock and vowing to take his show online.
"In regards to the heat about my radio show, I cannot say it was unexpected," the student — who goes by the radio name Randy Rogers — wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press on Saturday. "Howard Stern battled for years due to his content."
Rogers and a fellow DJ, who calls himself Jay Jay Smooth, are under investigation by the university for a show on
WMSC-FM that may have included naked women, lap dancing and other sex acts.The show was pulled from the air this week when videos, apparently from a February event called the Kinky Olympics, surfaced online showing raunchy activities that may have occurred inside the college-owned studio.
Rogers said the controversy started when the mother of a 19-year-old exotic dancer reacted negatively to the girl's appearance on the show.
"I just wish the mother would have recognized this was her daughter's choice," he said.
Rogers plans to restart his show next week using online audio and video distribution. However, he said the new show — now called "Too Cool for School" — will instead "go for a similar but classier theme."
Minne Ho, a university spokeswoman, said the students may face expulsion from the school and the station could face fines from the Federal Communications Commission.
Montclair State University has not released the names of the students involved, citing privacy concerns. For now school officials are investigating whether the individuals involved were students at the university, Ho said.
The school also is considering plans to remove control of the radio station from the student government and place it under the control of an independent board.
The only regret Rogers expressed in his e-mail related to the fate of the station.
"As for WMSC Radio, I really am sorry things went this far," he said. "I should have used better judgment when performing these shows."
Earlier this year, university administrators moved to separate the school's student newspaper from its student government after the Student Government Association cut off funding for the paper after a dispute over articles critical of closed meetings.


Good luck on your assignments and see you in class on Tuesday.
Take care and thanks.

~ JM

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