Minneapolis Radio Station Drops Howard Stern
(CNS) - After dismal audience ratings and a campaign by concerned citizens to clean up the airwaves, controversial radio shock jock Howard Stern was pulled Tuesday from WROC, a Minneapolis FM station.
The cancellation was the result of a campaign by the Minnesota Family Institute, which lobbied against the show because of its sexual content and glorification of such activities as bestiality, necrophilia and incest.
"We're very pleased. The departure of Howard Stern is not a loss to the community. The basic format and content of his program is lewd, in bad taste, in respects pornographic. It does a disservice to the community and we think it's good he's off the air in the twin cities," Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Institute, told CNSNews.com.
Prichard also called on WCCO-TV, a CBS affiliate, to follow the radio station's lead and drop Stern's weekly late night TV show.
"We hope WCCO will be family friendly and replace Stern's television show with something that will contribute to a better community rather than demeaning women and basic community values," Prichard said.
A spokeswoman for CBS in New York told CNSNews.com that WCCO had no plans to pull the Howard Stern show.
Stern's latest national outrage came in the wake of the killings of 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado. The day after the shootings, Stern joked about the tragedy with his live radio audience.
"There were some really good-looking girls running out with their hands over their heads. Did those kids try to have sex with any of the good-looking girls? .... If I was going to kill some people, I'd take them out with sex," Stern said.
Reacting to this performance, some of Stern's largest national sponsors withdrew their ads from his program, Prichard reported.
What also soured the community to Howard was a series of billboard ads for his show depicting a scantily-clad woman.
"Is it there for shock or to educate and inform. Does it have a redeeming social value. Clearly the Howard Stern show did not. It outraged and offended people with gratuitous sexual themes. It's a form of social pollution," Prichard said.