‘SHADY’ DECISION!

A station in Colorado had been rapped for playing 'The Real Slim Shady' - even though it was a censored version...

Plans to fine a US radio station for playing EMINEM‘s ‘THE REAL SLIM SHADY’ have been dropped by the FCC (FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION).

As previously reported on NME.COM, the FCC had threatened KKMG-FM in Colorado in June last year with a $7,000 (about £4,900) fine for broadcasting the track – even though it was a radio friendly ‘clean’ version with the profanities edited out. They ruled that the radio station had to be censured despite the edit, because of the tone of the tune.

The station’s parent company, Citadel Communications, argued that the references in KKMG’s edited version of the Eminem song were not explicit enough to be offensive. They added that they and were not used to pander to, or shock the audience.

After consideration, the FCC overturned their original ruling.

“We disagree with our initial analysis and we now conclude that the material at issue was not patently offensive under contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium,” FCC enforcement chief David Solomon said in a statement.

At the time the fine was levelled it met with a chorus of disapproval with many major players in the US music industry fearful that it set a dangerous precedent.

Hilary Rosen, chief of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) said last June: “It would be a disgrace if the FCC were to impose a violation on a radio station because they didn’t like the ‘suggestive’ nature of a song. That goes right to the heart of idea-based censorship.”

It is unclear if the ruling will allow for an easing for the strictures on radio broadcasting in the US. Last April, the FCC introduced new guidelines to be used when determining what is obscene and what is decent and made it clear that innuendo was a factor, even if specific expletives were missing.