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Radio Hosts Fired Over Transgender Jokes

Rochester deejays slammed city's new health policy

(Newser) - The city of Rochester, NY, has a new policy that extends health benefits to transgender employees and, not coincidentally, two job openings for morning radio deejays. The latter is because station 98.9 FM fired Kimberly Rae and Barry Beck after a series of jokes and criticisms about the new... More »

DJs in Royal Hoax Taken Off Air

Move comes after nurse they duped apparently kills herself

(Newser) - The Australian radio hosts whose royal hoax led to the apparent suicide of the nurse they tricked are off the air for the time being, reports the Guardian . Sydney station 2Day FM said Mel Greig and Michael Christian were "both deeply shocked" at the death of Jacintha Saldanha. "... More »

Limbaugh: Don't Remind Welfare Users About Election

Shock jock doesn't want them at the polls

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh would rather have people on welfare hear about the election when it best suits him—say, on Nov. 7. “Ninety-nine days, folks,” the conservative shock jock said on the air today. "Ninety-nine days before the election. If you are a welfare recipient, that’s just... More »

Post-Fluke Limbaugh Ratings Plunge

Sandra Fluke 'slut' controversy hurts Rush's ratings—or does it?

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a hit in certain key markets last month after the Sandra Fluke "slut" controversy , reports Politico . The shock jock's rating's fell 27% in the vital 25-54 demo in New York City, 40% in Seattle-Tacoma, 35% in Jacksonville, and 31% in Houston-Galveston. "... More »

In Defense of Rush

Paul Theroux: Limbaugh deserves 'a pass' on slut-gate

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh doesn't have many defenders these days, but Paul Theroux is crying foul over the reaction to Limbaugh's now-infamous "slut" remark . Sure, the shock jock's dismissal of Sandra Fluke was "offensive hyperbole," and "odd for the man whose idea of a good... More »

Imus in Talks With Fox Business

(Newser) - Don Imus is negotiating with Fox Business to broadcast a video simulcast of his morning talk show, the Los Angeles Times reports. Imus had a simulcast deal with MSNBC when his radio show was on CBS, before he referred to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos.... More »

Beneath the Growl, Michael Savage Is a Softie

(Newser) - Michael Savage is on a roll: First the Brits take him off the "hate promoters" list that had him banned from the country, and now Kelefa Sanneh has an affectionate profile of the heretical conservative shock jock in the New Yorker. The toxic soundbites that emerge from Savage's show,... More »

Waterboarded Shock Jock Mancow: 'Absolutely Torture'

(Newser) - A Chicago radio host submitted himself to a waterboarding demonstration to prove it isn’t torture, but it didn’t work out that way, NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV reports. “Way worse than I thought it would be, and that’s no joke,” Erich “Mancow” Muller said. “I... More »

Howard Stern Gets Hitched

Radio king weds his queen at ritzy Manhattan restaurant

(Newser) - Howard Stern and Beth Ostrovsky tied the knot at a star-studded wedding in Manhattan last night. Billy Joel serenaded the pair, actor—and minister—Mark Consuelos officiated, and Chevy Chase delivered a saucy toast. The shock jock "was the antithesis of his public figure," a source told Newsday.... More »

I Was Being Sarcastic, Not Racist: Imus

Latest comment was misunderstood, shock jock says

(Newser) - Don Imus was just making a “sarcastic point” when he asked “what color” oft-arrested cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is, he said on his show today.  When informed that Jones was black, Imus replied, “There you go. Now we know.” The rejoinder sparked  complaints against... More »

Raunchy Stern Prank Enrages Dolly

Shock jock's audio tricks have Dolly spewing hate

(Newser) - Dolly Parton has become the latest victim of a Howard Stern audio mashup and the country legend is livid, reports E! Online. The shock jock and his henchmen chopped up and remixed Parton quotes to make it sound as if she was spewing out raunchy and racist remarks. The fuming... More »

Stern Sidekick Quits on Air After Fight

Artie almost physically attacks assistant during show

(Newser) - Longtime Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange walked off the show Thursday after an intense on-air shouting match with his personal assistant, Newsday reports. Lange tried to physically attack the assistant but was held back by studio members. Soon afterward Lange resigned, saying he couldn’t promise he wouldn’t act... More »

Stern Extols the Pleasures of Satellite

Funny man finds the troubles at CBS Radio the best joke of all

(Newser) - It's been almost two years since Howard Stern switched to satellite radio, and the never-modest shock jock is reveling in his success on Sirius—and the woes of his former network, CBS, and rival, Don Imus, back in terrestrial radio. In a sit-down with the AP, Stern crows that his... More »

XM Fans Irate at Shock Jock Suspension

Opie & Anthony, kicked off airwaves, now in trouble on satellite

(Newser) - Fans of "The Opie & Anthony Show" cancelled their satellite radio subscriptions by the hundreds after XM slapped the shock-jock duo with a 30-day suspension earlier this week. Subscribers are accusing the station—which promises uncensored content—of pandering to the FCC so they won't block a pending merger... More »

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