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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 ian@allaboutradio.net

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

Casey Kasem’s body - the story continues

The ongoing story of  Casey Kasem’s remains has become even weirder with the New York Times quoting a private detective alleging that the reason Jean Kasem flew the body to Montreal, listing a funeral home as the place of disposition, ( even though the funeral home denies receiving the body), is that Montreal is the home town of...

29 July 2014

Is Casey Kasem's body in Montreal?

That's what the head of a Washington state funeral home says after reading several news stories that the radio icon's remains went missing.
 
The Ottawa Citizen reports, Corey Gaffney, President of Gaffney Funeral Home of Tacoma, confirmed the remains arrived in Montreal and reports suggesting the body disappeared are not true.
 
He...

25 July 2014

Casey Kasem's body goes missing

Casey Kasem, who became known around the world as the host of the syndicated program American Top 40, has been dead for more than a month. And yet he's not been buried and now apparently, in a weird recreation of  “A Weekend at Bernie’s”, his body is missing.
 
Fingers now point in the direction of Casey's widow, Jean. ...

19 July 2014

Radio station boss resigns after fight

A fist fight at a St. Louis radio station has led to the resignation of the sports-talk station’s president.
 
Grand Slam Sports president Don Marshall was hospitalized after a fight with KFNS-AM morning host Brian McKenna, who was arrested by police but has not been charged with a crime as city prosecutors continue to review the case.
 ...

18 June 2014

Dutch radio dj breaks world record

Michiel Antonius Adrianus Beelen, better known as Giel Beelen, (picturedis a Dutch radio-dj who presents the breakfast show Giel! at 3FM from Monday till Friday between 6:00 and 10:00 am.
 
He’s now broken the record for being continuously on-air and goes into the Guinness Book of Records.
 
At 05.00 hours...

26 May 2014

New Orleans host booked on theft & forgery charges

Former Urban Inspirational-Talk WBOK-New Orleans morning host Gerod Stevens (pictured) was arrested on theft of over $1,500 and forgery charges.
 
It seems WBOK called the authorities when it found cheques written by clients for advertising spots had allegedly been cashed by Stevens at a cheque cashing store.
 
Stevens (real name...

17 April 2014

Listen to dead popes

The voices of popes from as long ago as 1884 can be heard by the public after the digitising of 8,000 tapes from the Vatican Radio's pontifical archives.
 
Radio Vatican has been storing up its unique patrimony since it was set up under Pope Pius XI in 1931, but it has also older recordings, such as Leo XIII's Humanum Genus...

03 April 2014

Former New York radio presenter indicted on child sex charges

A grand jury has indicted longtime New York City DJ Dave Heman (pictured) on charges of attempting to transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
 
Herman is best remembered for his many years hosting the then Rock WNEW “Rock & Roll Morning Show” for more than two decades. He was arrested last year for...

20 February 2014

Police investigate murder at Wichita radio station

It happened at a building that houses several radio stations. Around 8 a.m. Monday, an employee of the Mid America Ag Network arrived and found several items disturbed on the ground floor. Thinking there may have been a burglary, that person began checking other parts of the business. Moments later, a body was discovered in the basement.
 
Police...

12 February 2014

Police confiscate semi-automatic gun from radio host

Police confiscated a semi-automatic handgun from a western New York radio host after the man was spotted early in the morning stalking around his backyard.
 
Tom Bauerle, 50, (pictured) had blasted state Governor Andrew Cuomo as a mentally ill and vindictive man on air. He then, it seems, feared that Cuomo was so...

14 January 2014

Mystery as BBC Radio 4's six o'clock news 'vanishes'

The BBC apologised after its six o’clock news on Radio 4 mysteriously ‘vanished’ leaving the presenter to ad-lib for eight minutes.
 
Arlene Fleming (pictured) repeatedly apologised to mystified listeners for the ‘...

08 January 2014

Station disrupted after receiving 'suspicious package'

Hazmat workers were called in to check out a "suspicious package" that came in the mail at radio KXRK (X96)/Salt Lake City.
 
It all started when a station employee found the suspicious envelope, addressed from out of state, while opening mail.
 
Inside he found a CD and a business card. However, the card apparently had writing on it...

02 January 2014

New world record for longest continuous broadcast

The Arabian Radio Network in Dubai has set a new Guinness World record for the longest continuous music radio broadcast by a DJ team.
 
Sindhu Biju and Mithun Ramesh (pictured) of Malayalam music station Hit 96.7 FM began the marathon on their Drive show at 5pm Dubai time on a Thursday, and ended the record-setting broadcast in the early...

30 December 2013

Evening drive takes a dangerous turn on ice

A driver lost control of his SUV on icy roads and slammed into the front of the Park Hills studio building of Talk KFMO and Rock KDBB (B104.3) Missouri.
 
16-year-old Gavon A. McAllister reportedly slammed his SUV into the building after hitting an icy patch on a bridge near the stations just after 8pm on a Friday night.
 
He was uninjured, but the...

17 December 2013

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