Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The Stupid Leading the Blind

Radio reading services, like WMHT's RISE, are feeling the chill wind blowing in from Washington. Just ask the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service. Their programming was interrupted recently when Buffalo's WKBW-TV yanked the service off their SAP (second audio program) channel because a listener complained about a foul word in a reading of Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons. Albany Eye thinks if was the F-word, but it could have been the S-word ---or possibly the verboten C-word. Blind and print impaired listeners with special receivers could still hear the station, which features readings from newspapers, magazines, books, and other programs, but those relying on their TV were out of luck. Why? Because based on the complaint of one listener, WKBW was worried about facing a big fine from the FCC. Since then the station has resumed carrying the service, but not late at night when adult
is read. Welcome to 2005.