The Federal Communications Commission has fined Philadelphia radio station WUHY-fm $100 for airing a program featuring four-letter words.
In a majority opinion the commission said the Jan. 4 broadcast had "no redeeming social value and is patently offensive by contemporary community standards."
The program featured a tape recorded interview with Jerry Garcia, leader of "The Grateful Dead" musical group.The Dead were playing Fillmore East on January 2 and 3, 1970, and no doubt a Philly dj got a backstage interview with Jerry, who must have used the dreaded f-word at some point. Anticipating Michael Powell and the Bush-era FCC, the broadcast seems to have been deemed to have been of no redeeming social value.
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