Federal Communications Law Journal

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49 Federal Communications Law Journal 327 (1997)


Defining "indecency" in the context of radio broadcast seems quite a chore. While the Federal Communications Commission has struggled to set fbrth workable guidelines for "indecency," a great deal of uncertainty continues to surround broadcasters. Recognizing this confusion, the article surveys indecency complaints which were made to the FCC between 1989 and 1995 and eventually dismissed. An analysis of cases which the FCC fbund "not actionably indecent" helps delineate the FCC's decency standard. Dismissed cases are also compared and contrasted with cases in which the FCC took action against a broadcaster