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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

Hackers silence radio station’s online stream

San Fransisco Bay Area radio station KQED was hit by hackers, who knocked out the station’s online radio stream for hours.
In a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle, communications manager Brenda Tucker had this to say about the apparent hack: “KQED observed suspicious activity late Thursday afternoon on several computers on the IT network. Our...

18 June 2017

BBC apologises for tasteless radio quiz

The BBC has apologised for a distasteful radio competition urging listeners to ‘guess the well-known person’ - Moors Murderer Ian Brady.
Following his recent death, BBC Radio Leeds DJ Nathan Turvey (pictured) made child-killer Brady the subject of his Sunday morning quiz.
During his Sunday morning...

25 May 2017

Arizona radio station under investigation for child porn PSA

An oldies country music radio station serving a rural Arizona area that aired a public service announcement for two years telling people how to hide potential evidence in child pornography cases has stopped doing so after advertisers received threats.
KAVV-FM owner Paul Lotsof said in an interview that he does not like child pornography but...

12 May 2017

BBC DJ faces Ofcom probe over jokes made about ‘Essex girls’

Radio One DJ Scott Mills’s (pictured) show is being investigated over jokes about Essex girls and “knickers” which sparked complaints.
Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog, has confirmed it is looking into the comments – which listeners said were sexist and derogatory.
Jokes included “What’s the first thing...

05 April 2017

U.S. radio station hacked with anti-Trump song

A Louisville radio station reported hackers hijacked the airwaves and broadcast an anti-Donald Trump song on the day of his inauguration.
Non-profit WCHQ 100.9 FM Program Director Gary Sampson said the clip was of a song by rap artists YG & Nipsey Hussle titled, "FDT (F*** Donald Trump)." The song interrupted WCHQ's...

23 January 2017

Illegal radio station in Chiang Mai raided and closed

At the request of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, a combined government force on Thursday raided a radio station run by media activist Therdsak Jiamkijwattana in Muang district for allegedly disseminating information that could cause division in society.

16 December 2016

Radio journalist shot dead outside home in Northern Mexico

A radio station in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua says one of its reporters has been shot dead outside his home.
Antena Radio in the state capital, also called Chihuahua, says prosecutors are investigating whether Adrian Rodriguez's work may have been a motive.
Antena Radio adds that Rodriguez...

11 December 2016

Radio DJ claims Taylor Swift's accusation 'defies credibility'

A former disc jockey who was fired from a radio station in Denver after Taylor Swift (pictured) alleged that he groped her is firing back in court, saying her story “defies credibility.”
David Mueller was fired from KYGO after an alleged incident backstage at a Swift performance...

16 November 2016

Man arrested for attempting to destroy radio antennas said signals were hurting his head

The man who allegedly attempted to burn down an antenna farm near Albuquerque told police that "the signals were hurting my head".
Brian Dorais was charged with the incident, in which a fire was set at about 2am and explosive devices placed in an attempt to destroy the site, which holds the towers for most of the market's FM and TV...

04 November 2016

BBC’s Chris Evans under fire for ignoring minute’s silence

Chris Evans has come under fire for ignoring a minute’s silence for the Aberfan disaster (pictured) on his Radio 2 breakfast show.
Listeners heard the BBC host laugh and joke through an interview with rock star Phil Collins.
The radio star was accused of “arrogance” on the 50th anniversary of the...

26 October 2016


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