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The "dump" button at WEEI; Julie Kahn, general manager of WEEI and WAAF, with Steve Ciaccio, one of the producers of the Dennis and Callahan morning show. (Globe Staff Photos / Barry Chin)  More photos

Hot-Button Issue

With the FCC issuing fines in record numbers to everyone from Howard Stern to Bubba the Love Sponge, the "dump" button, like this one at WEEI, has taken on newfound importance because it allows for a 10-second delay to censor out naughty words. Never mind %!*$ or #%*@ -- even the word "effin' " is off-limits. But is this the government's job?

By Charles P. Pierce
Globe Staff / July 18, 2004

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The button is square and yellow and illuminated. It shines there on the left side of the console, and the console is crammed into a small booth outside the broadcast studio of WEEI, Boston's sports-talk radio juggernaut, on the third floor of the New Balance building, which looms above the Massachusetts Turnpike in Brighton. The "dump" button is mostly like ... (Full Article: 4642 Words)

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