The Federal Communications Commission, which levied the largest fine ever for alleged indecency by Howard Stern, was asked by the radio station involved to detail complaints against the shock jock.
The FCC’s $ 105,000 fine proposed Tuesday against station KLSX-FM in Los Angeles was based on complaints filed by a Las Vegas man monitoring the New York-based program in Los Angeles.
“One thing we’ll be looking for is more specificity. There’s some stuff there that’s relatively benign and some things the commission has ruled not indecent in the past,” said Tom Milewski, executive vice president of Greater Media Inc., parent company of KLSX.
“I am a victim of censorship,” Stern complained on the air Wednesday. “This is an attempt to get me off the air and stop the spread of Howard Stern.”
FCC staff attorney Amy Zoslov said the agency wasn’t going after Stern, and she added the complaints raised by listener Al Wescott were “very thorough.”
Wescott, 45, a musician who lived in Torrance until the end of last year, said he was elated over the FCC penalty. He filed a 19-page, single-spaced transcript in his complaint.
“I consider it to be a mammoth victory — not for me and not against Howard Stern but purely on behalf of the children of the country,” Wescott said. “I know how that sounds, but I don’t mean it from any glorious position at all. I think it sends a real strong message to broadcasters.”
The FCC said: “We believe that the subject excerpts from ‘The Howard Stern Show’ are indecent in that they contain language that describes sexual and excretory activities and organs in patently offensive terms.”