On C-SPAN Radio’ s historic Supreme Court Oral Argument this week:
On January 10, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the oral argument in “Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations”—a case about whether the FCC’s standards for indecency on television are too vague to be constitutional.
And on December 17, on C-SPAN Radio’s historic Supreme Court oral argument, a case cited in “FCC v. Fox TV.” From 1978:
“Federal Communications Commission, petitioner v. Pacifica Foundation, respondent.”
During a mid-afternoon broadcast, a New York radio station aired George Carlin's monologue, "Filthy Words”---speaking the words that could not be said on the public airwaves. The station warned listeners that the monologue included "sensitive language which might be regarded as offensive to some." The Federal Communications Commission received a complaint from a man who said that he had heard the broadcast while driving with his young son.
Listen to the courtroom recording of the oral argument in the 1978 case "FCC v. Pacifica Foundation”--Saturday, December 17 at 6 pm ET on C-SPAN Radio: 90.1 FM in the Washington, DC area, online at Cspanradio.org and nationwide on XM Satellite Radio, channel 119. The audio and information in this program are courtesy of the Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at: http://www.oyez.org/