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Pornographic Soundtrack Broadcast on ‘Gilligan’s Island’

January 16, 1992

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) _ A soundtrack from a hard-core pornographic movie popped up on an episode of ″Gilligan’s Island″ broadcast in Toledo.

The episode, broadcast Tuesday by Fox TV affiliate WUPW, began with a conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Howell III. But instead of their voices, viewers heard the words and sounds from a porn flick.

″She was very explicit, very detailed of what this man was doing to her,″ said Kim Brasher, whose two children, ages 3 and 6, were watching the show and alerted their mother.

″It was gross. It was awful. I couldn’t believe it,″ she said. ″I immediately picked up the phone and called my sister. She got it on hers, too.″

WUPW marketing director, Denis Katell, said the station received several complaints. ″I really don’t know how many,″ he said.

The episode was taped at the station from a master tape provided by Atlanta-based Turner Program Services, and was not reviewed beforehand, Katell said.

″It’s very difficult for any station to have a large enough staff to scrutinize every frame of video,″ Katell said, noting that programming runs 24 hours a day.

On average, 15,000 to 20,000 people are tuned into WUPW when ″Gilligan’s Island″ comes on at 5:30 p.m. The episode was on the air for about a minute before the master control operator discovered the problem and put on a different episode, Katell said.

Mrs. Brasher said the episode lasted about three minutes, and included ″bad music,″ obscenities and the sound of a woman moaning and talking.

Katell said no bad language was involved.

″But, yes, indeed there was heavy female breathing and there was some spoken dialogue, but no four letter words,″ he said.

Turner Program Services uses contractors in Los Angeles to produce their master tapes, said sales director John Walden. ″I’ve never heard of anything like this happening before,″ he said.

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