Censorship Undermines Radio Station Ethics (CURSE) records, 1985-1994  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Censorship Undermines Radio Station Ethics (CURSE)
Censorship Undermines Radio Station Ethics (CURSE) records
1985-1994 (inclusive)
0.65 cubic feet (2 boxes) including textual materials and 1 videocassette
Collection Number
6015 (Accession No. 6015-001)
Collection materials document the activist group Censorship Undermines Radio Station Ethics (CURSE), and its relationship with Seattle area radio station, KCMU
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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In the early 1990s Seattle radio station, KCMU, began to shift their focus from volunteer DJs and original programming to syndicated programs produced and distributed by National Public Radio and the University of Pennsylvania. Many listeners were outraged that their familiar programs were being replaced by canned non-Pacific Northwest focused material. Former KCMU volunteers and listeners founded Censorship Undermines Radio Station Ethics (CURSE), an activist group aimed at defunding KCMU. In retaliation, KCMU instituted a "no criticism policy" in which volunteers or staff who voiced opinions against KCMU were fired. CURSE filed suit against this practice and in 1994 the US Supreme Court struck down the policy.

Adapted from http://www.metafilter.com/114326/KUOW-KCMU-and-KEXP-a-brief-history-of-collegetype-radio-from-University-of-Washington

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Documents related to Censorship Undermines Radio Station Ethics (CURSE) and their relations with radio station, KCMU. Records include licenses, permits, founding documents, proposals and statements, legal records, newsletters, correspondence from listeners, press releases, news clippings, information about other censorship organizations, posters and promotional materials, and VHS of "KCMU vs. CURSE".

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Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Licenses, Permits, and Founding Documents 1985-1992
1/2 Proposals and Statements 1989-1993
1/3 Legal Case - Aldrich v. Knab 1992-1993
1/4 Newsletters - CURSEWORD 1992-1993
1/5 Correspondence from Listeners 1992-1993
1/6 Correspondence from Listeners 1992-1993
1/7 Internal Correspondence and Memos 1992-1994
1/8 Lists of Listeners 1993
1/9 Press Releases and Publications 1992-1994
1/10 Newsclippings and Articles 1992-1994
1/11 Regents Research Undated
2/1 Videocassette - KCMU vs. CURSE 1993
2/2 Information about Other Censorship Organizations 1993-1994
2/3 Posters and Promotional Materials Undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Public radio--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Radio stations--Employees--Professional ethics--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Radio--Censorship--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • Censorship Undermines Radio Station Ethics (CURSE)--Archives
  • KEXP-FM (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business correspondence
  • Newsletters
  • Records (Documents)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)