Two Entercom Communications Corp. radio stations in Kansas that aired sexually explicit language could face $220,000 in total fines for violating federal decency standards, U.S. communications regulat

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- Two Entercom Communications Corp. radio stations in Kansas that aired sexually explicit language could face $220,000 in total fines for violating federal decency standards, U.S. communications regulators said Dec. 22.

The Federal Communications Commission said it proposed fining the two stations $110,000 each for four incidents in April and May 2002, which included airing references to female genitalia and sexual arousal.

A representative for the company was not immediately available for comment.

FCC commissioners Michael Copps and Kevin Martin said the agency should have gone further by fining the stations for each utterance that violated the decency rules, which would have raised the fines substantially.

Radio and television broadcasters are barred from airing indecent material, such as graphic sexual content, except during late-night hours when children are less likely to be listening or watching.

The FCC has been cracking down on indecent antics on broadcast television and radio since pop singer Janet Jackson bared her naked breast earlier this year during the National Football League's Super Bowl championship game.