• Naked Twister Too Titillating, Says FCC
  • January 15, 2005
  • Law Firm: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • Federal regulators on December 22, 2004, proposed a $220,000 indecency fine against the owner of two Kansas radio stations for airing a "Naked Twister" game with local strippers and graphic interviews with porn stars. The Federal Communications Commission said material that was broadcast during the "Dare and Murphy Show" was indecent and clearly intended to "pander to and titillate the audience."

    The agency cited four broadcasts aired by two stations owned by Entercom during April and May of 2002. It suggested a $27,500 penalty -- the maximum allowed at the time -- for each broadcast, for a total of $220,000.

    The Commission said the "Naked Twister" broadcast dwelled on descriptions of female genitalia and breasts in an explicit and graphic manner. Other broadcasts the FCC reviewed included interviews with porn actors Ron Jeremy and Dave Cummings. In proposing the fine, the agency also noted Entercom's history of prior indecent broadcasts. In September 2002, the FCC fined the company $12,000 for broadcasting indecent material on a Seattle station.

    Significance: Broadcasters can expect that off-color high-jinks aimed at the frat-house crowd will continue to incur the FCC's displeasure, as the agency's campaign to clean up the airwaves continues unabated.