WUKY-FM, based in Lexington, canceled the show in early August. The daily spot runs a few minutes and features Keillor noting important milestones in writing history, after which he typically reads a poem.Self-censorship driven by fear of government censorship (and exorbitant fines) is by far the worst censorship of all.
Recent poems had included words such as "breast" and the phrase "get high." Another included suggestive sexual content, according to WUKY General Manager Tom Goddell.
He said there were no listener complaints, but station officials had worried about recent moves by the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on language it considered obscene. [bold mine]
"There's been something like $18 million in fines in the last year," Goddell told The Associated Press. "That's enough to get our attention."
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
zoe kentucky | Tuesday, August 16, 2005 |