maybe not all is going well at WBNX, between the ThisTV bug and not showing syndicated programs in HD
It is only FCC regulations and congressional oversight that are keeping broadcast TV from becoming as wretched as cable TV. Somebody needs to make sure that Fred Flintstone doesn't sell cigarettes to kids and Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody don't spend the whole show doing pitches for sugary cereals, hard liquor, and contraceptives.
The regulations may seem silly, but they were put in place for a reason.
The regulations were (and are) noble attempts to make our society better than our corrupt tendencies.
I mean, without federal regulation, just imagine what kind of funny smokes Colorado stations might be advertising right now!
I was never too impressed by Stern. He struck me as someone who had talent but often chose to get easy laughs by pushing the envelope rather than doing the hard work required to craft sharper comedy.
To his credit, though, he eventually went over to satellite radio, where he could be more assured that his only listeners would be people who made a deliberate choice to buy what he was selling.
That's my beef against the decline of standards and practices departments at the broadcast networks and the basic cable networks. The companies don't seem to realize that many of their viewers are just flipping through the channels, not intending to come across programming that is provocative or violent.
I suspect, from the tone of the admonition, that it was a mere formality that requires no written response from the station. It sounds as though the error was mainly the fault of the now-defunct WB network rather than the fault of the station. (But a station is technically responsible for any violation and cannot pass the buck to the network.) As part of the license renewal, the station probably had to disclose any violations that it was aware of. So, the FCC duly noted the violation that occurred way back in 2006 and issued an admonition, which sounds to me like a fancy word for "tsk, tsk, well, just don't let it happen again".
It is good for a regulatory agency to remind people of the authority that it technically has, even when it does not plan to take any significant enforcement actions.