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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

Radio and TV voiceover legend dies at 80

Gary Owens, (pictured with his famous hand cupped  around ear look) the man behind the smooth baritone best known for announcing the classic TV series 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In', died in Los Angeles at the age of 80.
Owens hosted thousands of radio programs over his seven-decade career. He appeared in more than a dozen movies and...

25 February 2015

Radio station offers listeners the chance to be a porn star

A Florida radio station is offering to make one of its listeners a porn star.
Station 97X  is running the unusual promotion leading up to Valentine’s Day.
The station is asking for entries on its web site. Finalists will appear on the air with the head of a national pornographic web site who will then choose a winner.

07 February 2015

QC and radio station part company over four seconds of theme music

Top QC and The Sunday Times columnist Tom Percy has quit his regular and popular breakfast spot on 6PR, Perth (Australia) after learning his introductory theme song would be changed whether he liked it or not.
The well-recognised tune, which has been used for over a decade on the show, was taken from the satirical British TV series “...

20 January 2015

Radio ISS streams global radio & the International Space Station

The International Space Station circles the Earth about every 90 minutes, and in that time they move in and out of range of a number of terrestrial radio stations. If you're ever curious what's broadcasting in the part of the world the ISS is moving over, Radio ISS will play it for you.
The site itself is pretty simple. Once you visit, you'll be treated to a...

12 January 2015

Radio star Casey Kasem buried in Norway

Six months after his death, radio personality Casey Kasem (pictured) has finally found a resting place.
The former host of "American Top 40" was buried December 16 at Vestre Gravlund, a cemetery in Oslo, Norway.
But the burial has not calmed a long-running family feud.
His daughter Kerri...

12 January 2015

Delhi police ask radio stations to stop playing political advertisement

Delhi Police have asked FM radio channels in the national capital to stop playing an Aam Aadmi Party, (an Indian political party, formally launched in 2012), commercial which according to them is defaming the force.
In the advertisement, a girl is heard saying that some men passed lewd comments at her while she was on her way back home.

23 December 2014

Host arrested on child pornography charges

A U.S. radio host has been arrested on Child Pornography charges.
Instagram reported the crime when they realised a customer in Anchorage had uploaded 13 images depicting child sexual exploitation. 
James LaPlante, (pictured) on-air name, “Jimmy O’Brien” from country music station KASH 107.5 in Anchorage, Alaska was then...

09 December 2014

Canadian radio host arrested for assault

One day after he settled a lawsuit with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, police arrested radio host Jian Ghomeshi. (pictured)
Toronto police say Ghomeshi was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of what they called "overcome resistance -- choking."
Police urged other women to come forward and opened an...

01 December 2014

Art deco radio collection attracts offer from Sheikh of Qatar

It was on a visit to London in the late 1990s that Sydney dentist Peter Sheridan spotted a bright green bakelite radio in a jewellery shop.
Mr Sheridan was fascinated with the style and beauty of the radio's design.
The radio was a 1937 American-made Emerson, produced during the golden age of radio broadcasting – a...

09 November 2014

Radio host sacked over sexual incidents possibly being made public

The scandalous sacking of a high-profile Canadian radio host over his sexual preferences took a a surprising turn, with the broadcaster defending himself online by detailing his preference for consensual "rough sex".
The rumour mill started up when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, released a statement saying its "relationship with Jian...

29 October 2014

Lily Allen’s potty mouth gets BBC busted

BBC Radio 1 broke broadcasting guidelines when Lily Allen (pictured) and Ed Sheeran swore on air at the Big Weekend festival, the watchdog Ofcom has said.
Allen swore six times during her performance at the station's event in Glasgow in May, which was broadcast live between 17:30 and 18:00 BST.

21 October 2014

Activist killed on air

Two gunmen shoved their way into a Mexican radio studio in the state of Sinaloa and opened fire on a local activist, killing him while he was broadcasting. It was the first on-air killing in recent memory in Mexico.
Listeners heard the gunshot that killed Atilano Roman Tirado, who had a weekly radio program as well as leading a group of...

14 October 2014

Houston radio station switches to Beyonce-only format

Former Houston all-news radio station KROI (92.1) has switched to a new commercial-free format and is now only playing songs performed by Beyonce.(pictured)
For the past three years KROI (now known as B92 FM) has aired only news-related content, a move which failed to attract a sizable audience.
A statement on the station’s...

13 October 2014

Radio DJ 'Dr' Fox arrested over alleged historical sexual assaults

A U.K. radio DJ known as Dr Fox (pictured) has been arrested over alleged historical sexual abuse claims.
The DJ, real name Neil Fox, has been taken in by police following allegations of historic sexual assault against two women. Bauer Media, who run Magic, the London radio station on which Fox...

01 October 2014

Woman awarded $1 million from radio station

A U.S. federal jury has awarded $1 million to a suburban Kansas City woman falsely described by a radio station as a porn star.
Ashley Patton (pictured) of Olathe, Kansas, sued the owner of 96.5 The Buzz after a DJ identified her on...

29 September 2014

Radio station bans Scottish music until after referendum

A UK radio station has banned all Scottish music until after the independence referendum.
BOB FM in Hertfordshire says it is going "Scot Free" by removing artists like Paolo Nutini (pictured) and Primal Scream from its playlist until after 18 September.
Breakfast show host Graham Mack...

15 September 2014

Pirate radio stations hijacking the airwaves in New York City

Illicit Caribbean, Hebrew and shock-jock radio stations are hijacking the airwaves in New York City.
Dozens of unlicensed shows operate on an average evening according to the FCC.
Government data shows there were 46 FCC raids in New York City in 2013, compared to just 20 through July 31 of this year because of budget restraints....

09 September 2014

Dutch woman runs naked in radio stunt

A blond Dutch woman named Sabine ran naked through the very crowded Dam Square in the Netherlands' capital city of Amsterdam as part of a radio stunt to earn a year of free schooling.
A video of the stunt has been posted to YouTube (WARNING: Contains graphic content) of the woman stripping off her long blue shirt and running, wearing...

29 August 2014

Casey Kasem body...on the road again

Casey Kasem's body is said to be on the move, again.
Nearly two months after the radio icon's death, a private investigator says his widow is making plans to move his body to a second secret location against his children's wishes.
Logan Clarke, an investigator hired by Kasem's daughter,...

16 August 2014

Radio news man found guilty of indecent assault

An Australian former radio identity has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a child.
Nicholas Francis O'Callaghan, 53, faced six charges of possessing child abuse material and one count of aggravated indecent assault of a child and one count of indecent assault of a person under the age of 16 years.
The defence team...

29 July 2014


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