Magazine article The Quill

Shock Jocks Fired for Sex Incident

Magazine article The Quill

Shock Jocks Fired for Sex Incident

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Shock jocks have gotten away with almost anything in the hunt for ratings in past years, but two disc jockeys have found that the joke can go too far. Opie and Anthony, co-hosts of WNEW-FM's popular afternoon drive-time program in New York City, were fired after persuading a pair of listeners to have sex inside St. Patrick's Cathedral. The pair broadcast a live, eyewitness account of the couple having sex in the landmark Manhattan church. The incident was part of a regular contest for couples who have sex in risky public places on the air.

In response to the broadcast, a 350,000-- member Catholic group pushed for the station's license to be revoked. A day after the broadcast, Ken Stevens, vice president and general manager of WNEW, and Jeremy Coleman, program director of WNEW, were indefinitely suspended.

The DJs originally were allowed back on the air, but they were removed permanently after public outcry reached parent company Infinity Broadcasting. …

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