The uncensored version of 'The Real Slim Shady' may cost a Wisconsin DJ and his radio station $7,000...
A radio DJ and his station in Wisconsin are facing a $7,000 fine after breaching federal communication rules by playing an unedited version of EMINEM’s ‘THE REAL SLIM SHADY’.
A DJ on WZEE-FM found out about the fine on Friday (January 19) and immediately appealed. He played the offending track at around 3.30pm on August 24. The DJ, who has not been identified, claims to have cued up the edited version of track, turned down the monitor to answer a phonecall and failed to notice that static electricity had made the CD jump to the unedited version. A traffic reporter in a different part of the building heard what was going on and and raced to the DJ’s studio, where he immediately stopped the track.
In a statement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said that ‘The Real Slim Shady’ was “inappropriate for broadcast during times when children might be in the audience” – between 6am and 10pm.
In 1992, a college radio station in New York (WSUC) was hit with the biggest ever FCC fine for obscenity, after playing Kid Rock’s ‘Yodelling In The Valley’. An initial penalty of $23,750 was reduced to $4,200 on appeal.