NEW YORK Shock jocks Opie & Anthony will resume
live broadcasts on XM Satellite Radio Holdings on Friday
following a one-month suspension after a guest described his
rape fantasies on their daily show, the satellite radio
provider said on Monday.
Hosts Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia last month were
suspended for 30 days after a guest spoke about forcing
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and First Lady Laura Bush
to have sex with him.
XM denounced the comments and the hosts apologized. But XM,
which has agreed to be acquired by rival Sirius Satellite Radio
Inc., suspended the team about a week after the incident,
saying the duo had later made remarks on air that suggested
their regret was not sincere.
"Opie and Anthony will be back on XM live at 6:00 a.m. ET
(1000 GMT) on Friday, June 15th," XM said in a message posted
to its Web site.
While XM had said from the start that Opie & Anthony's
suspension did not mean they eventually would be fired, some
media analysts had questioned whether new scrutiny of radio
shock jocks meant their days on air were numbered.
Earlier this year, CBS Radio fired radio host Don Imus
after he referred to a Rutgers University women's basketball
team as "nappy-headed hos." Several radio hosts have since been
disciplined for remarks widely viewed as racist or sexist.
CBS Radio, a unit of CBS Corp., simulcasts a censored daily
version of the Opie & Anthony Show, and continued to run the
program during XM's suspension.
Some XM subscribers protested the move, arguing that while
CBS is bound by U.S. indecency rules, satellite radio has
touted its ability to remain a haven of freewheeling speech.
XM said it plans to air this week excerpts of the CBS Radio
version of Opie & Anthony from the last few weeks.
XM Satellite shares rose 45 cents, or about 4.2 percent to
$11.06 in afternoon trade on Monday.