The FCC, Freedom of Speech, The Fake Mandate, and the Necessities of Institutional Survival
Let's just get this out of the way: Bababooey, fuck the FCC, and fuck you too.
Now that that's over with, let's get to the point. Kenny G is a DJ on one of
the last independent radio stations in the nation. He has - or perhaps had - a
show called Anal Magic with Kenny
G on WFMU. We liked the show. It is - or
perhaps was - a guaranteed irritation. He could - or perhaps can - play a loop
of a radio commercial for the movie Giant for an hour and a half, or
play incredibly annoying songs mixed with tapes of himself yelling at other
tapes of himself talking about what a lame-ass show he has and how he's not
even there, it's just a tape and he's in Sweden. It's always annoying; it is -
and we forget who coined this - Irritainment.
So his show on Dec 15,
2004 contained a lot of talk about how his show couldn't be called "Anal
Magic" anymore because of the FCC. We thought he was joking, then we thought,
maybe not, and then he spent the better part of 3 hours discussing listener
suggestions for new names for the show - many of which he could not read over
the air - and probably a full hour reading e-mail from rock and metal fans
recommending what he should do with then show, and horribly mispronouncing the
names of metal musicians and bands, whose fans think he should play more of the
music they like. So far so good, and a pretty typical show (and for the record,
we loved his total disregard for their suggestions AND agreed with them).
Then we decided to find out what that was about and found this
message board thread that is now closed by the station manager in a rather
ominous way. So what's up?
First, we think it's probably some personality thing, or someone having
enough too much of whatever. And that's just life. But it reminds me of the UCC
ad controversy in an unsettling way; too much apparent controversy over too
little. Are some people making a big show of self-censorship for some reason?
Which reason? All we want to know is: are the jackboots marching? Is the
inevitable conflict that occurs in small, semi-democratic (and sometimes partly
autocratic) organizations, particularly when their parochial politics come into
conflict with, um, Reality? Or is this just stupid personality stuff? We hope
it's the last; because that's life and we won't get my hairs up about it. If
it's the second theory, We'll be upset, but life goes on. If it's the first
theory (jackboots), I'm going to get right ugly on the world.
But it does seem like Kenny G has been done shit-canned, which is a
motherfucking shame. See the WFMU schedule now, and from Google's cache.
Station manager Ken, if the American Fundamentalists (e.g. Kristian Taliban
of Texass) are really beginning to lean on the station in some way, well, we
can only say some of our party live in New England. We bet if we were pressed,
we could buy a few RPGs off the IRA.
This has been a Very Special Episode of the SludgeReport. Lick my ass.