Opie and Anthony Suspended (By XM, Not CBS)
XM Radio announced today that radio shock jocks Opie & Anthony will be suspended for 30 days. The news release excerpted below makes a nondescript reference to a crude May 9 radio bit with a homeless man in which said man suggested he'd like to rape Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Here's an excerpt:
XM Radio deplored the comments aired on "The Opie & Anthony Show" last week. At the time, the company strongly expressed its views to Opie and Anthony, and they issued an immediate apology.
Comments made by Opie and Anthony on yesterday's broadcast put into question whether they appreciate the seriousness of the matter. The management of XM Radio decided to suspend Opie and Anthony to make clear that our on-air talent must take seriously the responsibility that creative freedom requires of them.
Patrick Ishmael of NewsBuckit notices that XM didn't find the rape references worthy of discipline but rather that the shock jocks may "appreciate the seriousness of the matter." Ishmael also points out CBS Radio plans to keep airing O&A, even though it quickly canned Imus shortly after MSNBC killed his simulcast:
So they sort of got the Imus treatment; it wasn't their comments about raping Condoleezza Rice that got them suspended, but other comments that made their apology seem less than genuine. Moreover, Drudge is reporting that CBS Radio, which syndicates the show on the traditional airwaves, expects them to go on tomorrow as scheduled.
As CBS Radio is the common denominator for Imus and O&A, it will be interesting to see if they stick with this decision.