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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]

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

Libyan radio station owner shot dead

The owner of a Libyan radio station that broadcasts exclusively in English and plays Western music was found dead in his car, his body riddled with bullets.
 
Tripoli FM, which touts itself as Libya's number one radio station, went off air temporarily to mourn the death of Radwan Ghariani, (picture) head of programmes.
 ...

04 December 2013

Former radio DJ faces sex charge in U.S. court

A tearful former New York City radio personality has made his first appearance in federal court, five weeks after he was arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands and charged with trying to arrange to have sex with a 7-year-old girl.
 
David Herman (pictured explaining himself) didn't enter a plea and will remain jailed pending a hearing to...

29 November 2013

Radio newsman attacked & robbed on way to work

News-Talk WCCO Minneapolis morning news anchor Steve Murphy is back on the job after a robbery assault that sent him to the hospital.(picture)
 
Murphy, who runs the mile from his home to a bus stop at 2:30am every morning, said that an "older model, white SUV (was) traveling very slowly near me, and I felt suspicious, so I changed my route,"...

15 November 2013

Radio host trapped in elevator

It  happened to Steve Dale (pictured) on his way to hosting his Sunday morning “Pet World” show on news/talk WGN AM 720 in Chicago.
 
With the help of “Sunday Spin” host Rick Pearson and engineer Bob Ferguson, Dale wound up hosting his full 30-minute show via cell phone while trapped inside his...

08 November 2013

Fans save easy listening station

A Florida FM station has proven easy listening fans may not be so passive after all.  A recent financial appeal also gave Jones College in Jacksonville, FL a lesson in how important radio is to its listeners.
 
If fundraising didn’t improve, general manager Kenneth Jones threatened a sale of college station easy listening WKTZ-FM or,  perhaps worse to...

25 October 2013

Paris Hilton Calls Radio Host F**king A**hole On Air

Paris Hilton blasted a radio host as a “f**king a**hole” after an interview without realising she was still on the air.
 
The heiress called into “Bob and the Showgram” on North Carolina radio station G105 to discuss her new song “Good Time,” and was put off when deejay Bob Dumas brought up her infamous sex tape.
 
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14 October 2013

Radio station fires popular DJ over song selection

After being fired by WTLC-FM. Indianapolis, Rusty Redenbacher (pictured) says the radio station's definition of frowned-upon self-promotion is difficult to reconcile with years he's spent plugging the company in his multimedia life.
 
Rapper/songwriter/DJ/producer Redenbacher said that WTLC management cited a "zero tolerance"...

14 October 2013

Casey Kasem's kids claim they're being kept from ailing dad

Casey Kasem's voice has been heard in homes around the world, but now it seems his own family might not be welcome in his home.
 
Family members of the 81-year-old radio personality have stated that his health is deteriorating due to Parkinson's disease. His children, brother and others close to him throughout his life also claim Casey's...

09 October 2013

Radio personality off the air after accusing boss of fraud

Longtime Houston radio personality Michael Harris has removed himself from the airwaves indefinitely after accusing his boss of financial fraud at black themed KCOH.

According to Harris, he took the action after thousands of dollars in loans that he secured for station expenses were misused by KCOH owner Jesse Dunn.
 
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30 September 2013

Where's Omaha's 'Magic 1490' radio coming from? Who knows?

NO STATION LOGO IS AVAILABLE. PROBABLY DOESN'T EVEN EXIST!

The ghost station of Omaha is a mysterious radio signal at 1490 AM, seemingly without owners, advertisers or disc jockeys, that plays a continuous loop of artists such as Buddy Holly, Petula Clark and Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand.
 
The only voices heard are in short station promos.“Magic 1490,” ntones an announcer. “The height of relaxation.”
 
Occasionally...

24 September 2013

Neil Young banned from Canadian radio station for comparing town to Hiroshima

Looks like Neil Young (pictured) picked the wrong community to insult.

After saying that Fort McMurray, Canada, as a result of oil roduction in the town, looks like Hiroshima after the 1945
nuclear attack, radio station Rock 97.9 has banned his music from its airwaves.
 
Young gave a press conference in Washington, D...

24 September 2013

Court rejects former radio employee's claim in 'Wee For A Wii' lawsuit

jenniferstrange_300A California appeals court has rejected a claim by former KDND 107.9  - The End, Sacramento morning show assistant Matthew Carter that the company owes him legal fees for his defense against charges brought by the family of the woman who died in the "Hold Your Wee For A Wii" contest in January 2007....

09 September 2013

What can happen when you don't verify a caller

shane_spencer_200Station management at Sport ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team in Albany, NY say they are investigating who might have perpetrated a hoax on host Mike Lindsley.

The station allowed a caller who claimed to be ex New York Yankee Shane Spencer (pictured) on the air, who then claimed he took steroids. The caller was not...

19 August 2013

‘Annoying Music Shows’ creator dies at 59

nayder_264Bette Davis singing “Feliz Navidad”. Donald Duck quacking “Amazing Grace.”. Nearly anything by Slim Whitman.

All were among the recordings heard, for better and often for worse, on “The Annoying Music Show,” which ran on U.S. public radio from...

08 July 2013

Pandora buys a radio station. Why?

hits1027_logo_274Here’s one to add to the head-scratching acquisitions in the technology industry. Music streaming service Pandora has purchased a radio station serving the fine people of Rapid City, South Dakota. All 70,000 of them.

Why have they bought CHR station KXMZ-FM which broadcasts as 'Hits 102.7'?

The...

14 June 2013

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