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Weird Wonderful World

Regular radioinfo contributor Ian MacRae posts industry news that comes into the categories of rumour, gossip, scandal and radio people behaving badly. Macca encourages you to submit anything you think fits and is keen to receive any feedback on stuff you see here. You can contact him at [email protected]

Radio 1 DJ flips his car while avoiding a ginger cat

BBC DJ Nick Grimshaw said he wasn’t hurt after he crashed his car near his home in London while trying to avoid running over a cat.
He was on his way to the Radio 1 studios when the accident happened.
"I came out of my street, turned right, saw quite a large ginger cat. I was like, 'Oh no, a cat.' Rather than...

24 August 2016

Ex-BBC DJ admits child sex offences

Disgraced Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning (pictured) has pleaded guilty to 21 historical child sex offences as part of a police investigation into  a youth disco.
The prolific paedophile, 75, admitted abusing 11 children, some as young as eight, between 1969 and 1986.
He pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London...

23 August 2016

‘Disgusting' and 'cruel' radio phone-in competition

UK regulator Ofcom has upheld complaints made against Manchester-based radio station Key 103 over a phone-in competition dubbed ‘Heartless Hotline’. (Pictured on air)

During the segment listeners were invited to ring the station to present their case for why they deserved to win a particular prize. The prize could then be “stolen” by another listener if they...

03 August 2016

Pakistan bans contraceptive advertisements on radio & TV

Pakistan has banned airing advertisements of contraceptives on radio and after complaints that such "undesired" commercials make children inquisitive about the use of the family planning products.
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has imposed the ban after it received complaints from parents against commercials of contraceptive, birth control and family planning products on electronic media.
The regulatory body warned of legal...

30 May 2016

Texas radio station employee killed - man confesses to random act of violence

The San Antonio County Sheriff's Office were called to check out a death at The Ranch, 92.3 KRNH, a country music radio station.
Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said a radio station employee was found dead by another employee. The victim, identified as Sherry Ruth Francis, was killed in the parking lot.

28 May 2016

Interview with Paul McCartney’s son terminated after three minutes

BBC Three Counties Radio presenter Nick Coffer ended an interview with James McCartney after three minutes because the songwriter only wanted to talk about his new record.
Coffer said McCartney, 38, (pictured with his famous dad), had “blown it” before cutting off the chat, adding he always attempts to provide...

07 May 2016

What a lark! BBC to broadcast birdsong

Radio 3 is to broadcast a track of birdsong every Sunday morning as it launches a “slow radio” bid to help the nation get back to nature.
The BBC station is to run snippets of birdsong at around two minutes long, as part of a new breakfast-time feature starring nightingales, cuckoos and garden warblers.
Radio 3’s version will...

04 May 2016

Shock! Horror! Prince Harry says “arse” on live radio!

Prince Harry said "arse" as he was interviewed live on BBC Radio 2's breakfast show.
The 31-year-old royal uttered the swear word as he talked to host Chris Evans about the upcoming Invictus Games.
Talking about the games he said: "It is epic amounts of fun, and it's for everyone. And these guys are fantastic...

28 April 2016

Man who slashed his friends throat for changing the radio station gets six years

An Oregon man who slashed his friends throat in November 2015 because he changed the radio station has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
Santos Kuyam (pictured) 27, was drinking in a car with friends when he told fellow passenger Mario Salazar-Castillo not to change the radio station.

23 April 2016

Brazilian radio host killed during live broadcast

A Brazilian radio announcer was killed by two assailants who shot him during a live broadcast.
The attackers, who had knocked on the door and been allowed in, shot Joao Valdecir de Borba (pictured) in the abdomen after locking one of the announcer's co-workers in the restroom,
The suspects subsequently fled in a dark-...

15 March 2016

Radio Legend Charlie Tuna dead at 71

Longtime L.A. radio personality Charlie Tuna has died at the age of 71, passing away "peacefully in his sleep," while at home in Tarzana, California, the city for which he served as honorary Mayor since 1977.

His real name was real name was Art Ferguson and was part of the legendary KHJ Boss Jock  lineup, starting at both KROQ and KIIS and...

01 March 2016

Sexual assault trial of former Canadian radio host begins

The first witness at the sexual assault trial of a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host has testified that he was charming before he suddenly went into a rage, pulling her hair and punching her, 13 years ago.
Jian Ghomeshi (pictured arriving at the courthouse in Toronto) has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one...

04 February 2016

DJ locks himself inside studio and plays Wham!’s Last Christmas 24 times

A radio DJ really got into the Christmas spirit when he barricaded himself inside a studio and played Wham!’s “Last Christmas 24 times”.
DJ Joe Kohlhofer, (pictured) from the Austrian radio station Antennae Carinthia, refused to let other staff in after he told his helpless co-host Patricia Jordan he would be doing the show...

23 December 2015

Disgraced radio star loses challenge against conviction

Former BBC Radio 1 star Dave Lee Travis (pictured) lost a challenge against his conviction for indecent assault.
Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London dismissed an application for leave to appeal by the disgraced DJ, who was found guilty last year of groping a young researcher behind the scenes at The Mrs. Merton Show in 1995....

09 December 2015

DJ returns to airwaves after offensive breastfeeding comments

A BBC local radio DJ who described breastfeeding as “unnatural" has been found in serious breach of the organisation’s editorial standards.
But BBC Radio Solent allowed morning show presenter Alex Dyke (pictured), who was suspended following the remarks earlier this year, to return to the airwaves within days of the outburst.

12 November 2015

Radio host fired after airing fake Trump interview

Host Steve McCoy was suspended and then let go from 106.7 after revealing he aired an old interview with presidential candidate Donald Trump and presented it as if it had just happened. 
He did later admit that he lied about the interview and said that he had been suspended, but Atlanta’s News Radio 106.7 decided it...

17 October 2015

Radio station offers $40,000 prize for transgender person's transition

A top 40 radio station in Canada is offering $40,000 (about US$30,300) to help a listener transition to a different gender.
The New Hot 89.9 in Ottawa, Ontario, launched "The New Normal" contest and sought personal stories from all Canadian residents. The Program Director Josie Fenech said the winning entrant will be able to use...

11 September 2015

Radio hosts suspended for saying on-air killings of TV journalists was hoax

Two Missouri radio show personalities were suspended for an unspecified period of time for suggesting the on-camera murder of two Virginia TV journalists was a hoax intended to increase support for stronger gun laws.
Joe Rios, the host of call-in show "Cracker Barrel," and Rick Masters, his telephone screener, made the...

11 September 2015

On air altercation puts show off-air

A popular Winston-Salem North Carolina morning radio show is off the air after the station said two of its members were suspended for a "physical altercation."
107.5 WKZL posted on its Facebook page that Jared Pyke and Jason Goodman (pictured) of "Jared and Katie in the Morning" were suspended indefinitely,...

14 August 2015

Actors shut down radio interview over racist, sexist questions

Actors from the new Fantastic Four film walked out of an interview with a pair of Atlanta radio personalities when the two DJs insisted on asking rude, inappropriate questions.
According to BuzzFeed, actors Jamie Bell (Thing), Kate Mara (Susan Storm) and Michael B. Jordan (The Human Torch) became...

04 August 2015


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