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Getting Howard Stern off NPR

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 31 Dec 2006 01:48:09 -0500

Getting Howard Stern off NPR; Regulators, device makers try to fix
other signals 'bleeding' into FM

By Carolyn Y. Johnson, Globe Staff | December 21, 2006

After last Christmas, public radio stations across the country were
inundated with complaints from listeners who were shocked to hear
Howard Stern interrupt "Morning Edition" or their classical music

The portable satellite radios, iPods, and DVD players that people had
received as gifts were playing on FM frequencies that interrupted
broadcasts at the left end of the radio dial, in violation of federal

After a year of wrangling among broadcasters, regulators, and device
manufacturers, public radio listeners and officials are in a holding
pattern, waiting to see whether the problems the new media created for
old radio have been corrected before deciding whether to take further

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