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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

May 18, 2000
  CONTACT: Rick Chessen
(202) 418-2300

Commissioner Gloria Tristani Objects to Dismissal of Indecency Complaint
Against "Don and Mike" Radio Show

Washington, D.C. -

The Enforcement Bureau of the FCC has issued a letter dismissing an indecency complaint filed by Flora Barton, Jose Armas and the National Latino Media Council arising out of an airing of the "Don and Mike Show" on WJFK-FM. Among other things, the complaint dealt with a "Spanish lesson," in which the hosts instructed a woman to repeat graphic sexual terms.

Commissioner Gloria Tristani said, "My initial view is that this material is actionably indecent, and that the Commission has failed to discharge its obligation to protect our children from indecent material on the public airwaves. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated instance. The Commission appears so averse to indecency cases, and has erected so many barriers to complaints from members of the public, that indecency enforcement has become virtually non-existent. It's time for the Commission to begin taking indecency cases seriously again. It's our duty to the law, and, more importantly, our duty to our children."

Copies of the Enforcement Bureau letter and Commissioner Tristani's Press Statement are attached.