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Limbaugh's show greeted with dead air in New York market; ROJS Radio covers FCC Indecency Policy

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Despite comparing losing 50 sponsors to missing some "French Fries in a box", it appears that #BoycottRush Twitter & Facebook campaigns are having a profound impact on Rush Limbaugh's show in the highly sought after commercial New York radio market.

Think Progress reports, 'The Rush Limbaugh Show' had very dead air on WABC 770 AM at least four separate times.
"There were four separate instances during this afternoon’s broadcast on WABC 770 AM in New York City where the network fell silent. During the lead in to the show, two and a half minutes of silence was broken up by a single, solitary ad before Limbaugh hit the air.

Then, towards the end of the first hour of Limbaugh’s three hour program, a public service announcement was followed by an additional minute of silence before Limbaugh returned. Another minute of dead air came in hour two, and a fifth minute in hour three followed that. A spokesperson for WABC wouldn’t say whether the silence was caused due to a technical glitch or Limbaugh’s fleeing sponsors."

For others that say Limbaugh has a right to "say what he wants" due to Free Speech Right guaranteed by the United States Constitution, the Federal Communication Commission "Obscenity, Indecency and Profanity" Policy applying to all broadcasts airing federal bandwidth, dispute this.
Obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution and cannot be broadcast at any time. The Supreme Court has established that, to be obscene, material must meet a three-pronged test: 
*An average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; 
*The material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law; and 
*The material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.
On March 1st "Entertainer" Rush Limbaugh crossed the Obscenity line in his vicious attack on Georgetown University Law Student Sandra Fluke. Remember, in most markets 'The Rush Limbaugh Show' on what is called 'Drive-Time' radio commercial segment, allowing broadcasters to charge sponsors premium costs for advertisements aired during programming.

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What the Federal Communications Commission states about regarding Profane Broadcast Restrictions on broadcast radio.
"The FCC has defined profanity as,“including language so grossly offensive to members of the public who actually hear it as to amount to a nuisance.” Like indecency, profane speech is prohibited on broadcast radio and television between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m."
With such, if Limbaugh's language regarding Ms. Fluke was "grossly offensive" to you as a member of America's society, listen to ROJS Radio-Independent Left Featured Michigan & National Political Talk- special podcast covering the FCC Obscenity, Indecency and Profanity Policy, aired on Thursday, March 8th @ 10:00 AM EST

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