You can't say shit on the radio, right?
December 8, 2013 12:29 PM Subscribe
What rules/laws/regulations actually come into play when deciding which words are allowed on broadcast radio/TV in the US?
posted by fishmasta to Law & Government (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My, admittedly vague, understanding on expletives is that George Carlin's bit about words you can't say on TV was later used by the FCC as a basis for actually regulating what's allowed to be broadcast. But on classic rock radio I've noticed a couple commonly played songs with no censorship whatsoever: Pink Floyd's "Money" (...do goody good bullshit) and ZZ Top's "Legs" (shit, I got to have her). And then on pop stations I sometimes hear lines being censored (mentioning drug use or whatever) that don't actually contain "swear" words. So obviously it's not as hard and fast as I thought. Is it all arbitrary and self-regulated (like on cable TV) or are there actual rules broadcasters are supposed to follow?