Brent Bozell

It's June 30, an otherwise bland, sunny Monday, and Washington, D.C., area commuters fiddling with their radio buttons are about to get drenched in audio smut again. It's one thing to go looking for gutter-wallowing shows like Howard Stern's. It's another thing when nearly every morning radio show is pushing sex, sex and more sex -- and the more outrageous, the better.

Imagine you have your 12-year-old daughter with you in the car. You turn on the radio to catch the "Sports Junkies" on WHFS, a 50,000-watt station covering both Washington and Baltimore. What's the top sports story of the day? Who knows? The "Junkies" are hosting an extended discussion on a "gangbang," which was reported to have featured 40 males and four females. They're talking to "Dan" about his pornographic Web site, pornodan.com, which for good measure they promote on the air several times. Dan organized that orgy for filming on his site, see. The announcers joke that the men might have sexual difficulty with so many other men in the room and ask if the women ever grew too tired to continue.

You are disgusted, and remembering your 12-year old-daughter, who is being exposed to this filth, embarrassed. What kind of debauchery is this on the airwaves, you ask yourself. What can be done?

You hear the voices of the moral relativism crowd: If You Don't Like It, Change Channels. So you give the dial a quick spin and land on rock station "D.C.-101," where you might expect music. Not so. The eponymous host of "Elliott in the Morning" is discussing with his staff which trees, when it rains, smell like …sperm. Abort. Hit the "scan" button again. Stop on "Z-104," where morning host Brett Haber, a former TV sports anchor in town, is discussing which body part is the best "sex organ," including someone's eyes or lips. Brett also describes how he had a girlfriend who "went to O-hio" during intercourse while making him stay motionless.

You are now enraged. You "scan" again. Minutes later at "Mix-107," host Jack Diamond is discussing -- you guessed it -- sex. Would you let your 17-year-old daughter go to the beach with her boyfriend's family? Would it lead to premarital sex? Given what else is on the dial, this is almost refreshing by comparison.

But wait a minute, you say. I'm just not going to accept this. After all, aren't these my airwaves? Why should I (not to mention my daughter) have to be exposed to this nonstop barrage? Why, I'm going to do something about it.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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