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TV Program Objectionable, Manager Says

June 2, 1973

Spokane Daily Chronicle

Walt Schaar, general manager of Spokane’s educational television station, decided not to air locally a national television show depicting society’s deviates in a steambath-purgatory setting, because “it contained too much obscenity for our viewers.”

Scheduled recently for a 10 p.m. showing on KSPS-TV, the production was part of a Public Broadcasting Service series.

At least one member of the School District 81 Citizens Television Advisory Committee disagreed with Schaar’s decision.

In the show, a dramatic play entitled “Steambath,” the characters—all with sordid pasts—were supposed to be in purgatory (depicted as a steambath) and were questioning their futures and what they would do if they had life to live over again.

“I just don’t think that’s the kind of program we want to air here,” Schaar said. The production, he said, included “an excessive amount of language I consider obscene” and at least one brief scene of “nudity.”

Mrs. William J. Powell, a member of the KSPS television advisory committee, said she previewed the program at the station with Schaar and did not oppose its showing.

The show starred actor Bill Bixby, who was supposed to be “John Q. Citizen,” thrown in with these people of alternative life styles—homosexuals, shady women, and con artists.

An underlying theme of blasphemy is woven into the production she said, and God is portrayed “as a Puerto Rican janitor.”

Saturday, June 2, 1973

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