Friday, October 22, 2010

What Juan Williams Said...

...that got him fired.

We didn't hear this live, but according to industry publication Radio Ink Magazine, Williams said the following on The O'Reilly Factor:
"When I get on the plane ... if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
I wonder if Williams got worried and nervous as soon as those words left his mouth, thinking he might get fired for uttering them.

For an insider's view of the Juan Williams firing, here's some insight from one of our local NPR guys, Colin McEnroe.

What's your take on the situation? Is this one radio voice that shouldn't have been kicked off the air so abruptly?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Quiet Thunder

We received several reports from the Twin Cities today about a missing DJ, but this one from a reader named Mary had the most details:

"Greg Thunder" of the Greg and Melissa morning show on KS95 in Minneapolis/St. Paul was suspiciously absent today. Occasionally they'd mention of a DJ is sick or out and they didn't even mention his name today. They have a producer named Trey that has been talking on air more and more lately, and the last few weeks they've been calling the show "The Greg, Melissa, and Trey Show" rather than just Greg & Melissa. Then today, they were calling the show "The KS95 Morning Show" and not mentioning his name. This is the SAME THING they did a few years ago when Cheryl Kaye was booted from the show. I miss him! If anything, they should have gotten rid of the obnoxious guy named "Moon" from the Moon & Staci afternoon/evening show!

What happened to Greg??
Mary (and anyone else who is reading this), let me tell you what we've heard about Greg Thunder. According to a couple of industry trade magazines today, Greg Thunder quit the radio station for another job in a bigger market... In other words, he's moving on up and the new gig is still a secret - either as they work out the contract kinks or until Thunder's new station fires the guy he's replacing.

We'll keep you posted as we learn more, or maybe even get Greg to check in and share his whereabouts with you directly.... Stay tuned!

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Zealand DJs Mess Up Too

A report from CNN this morning about a radio DJ who called the country's governor general a "fat Indian" is refreshing because it shows that our on-air personalities in the US aren't the only jocks that put their feet in their mouths from time to time.

Full story: New Zealand DJ sorry for 'fat Indian' insult at CNN

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dr. Laura Heads for the Exit

The Radio Queen is to end her show in December 2010 after being unable to quell a backlash over her controversial n-word comments. Full story via video from CNN:

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Resting His Brain

Robert Robinson, host of BBC Radio 4 quiz show Brain of Britain, is retiring after more than 30 years on the air with the show.

Not much more to say on this, but I thought you Brits might be wondering where he went. Here's the full story from the BBC.

On a related note, did you know you can now ride a scented taxi in London? It's true, so says the fashion section in

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Don and Mike back in DC without Don

One half of the Don and Mike show is back on the air in Washington, D.C., starting tomorrow (Wednesday, July 7 2010).

Mike O'Meara has a new morning show and a new on-air partner in Kirk McEwen on The Edge, 105.9 WVRX.

If you were a Don & Mike fan, this is as close as you're probably going to get to hearing both personalities on the air at the same time. Don Geronimo keeps retiring, but is currently hosting "The Don Geronimo Show" on Sports 1140 KHTK on the other side of the country in Sacramento, California.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WTIC Continues to Test Talent

A big talk radio station in Connecticut, 1080 AM WTIC, is continuing to allow local talent - people that could easily carry a show on a permanent basis - fill in for Jim Vicevich.

First, they let people like Joe D'Ambrosio, Mark Davis and Sebastian fill in while they renegotiated Vicevich's contract. It looked like they would continue down that road until they chose a successor or until they renegotiated with Vicevich. The latter happened first.

And now that Vicevich is back full time, it's surprising to see them let someone of John Rowland's notoriety fill in for him for a few days. What if the people of the state that voted him and his right-hand woman in to the Governor's office for 15 years like him better than Jim?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tea Baggers Love America More Than Nazis and Mexicans

Three headlines came together in my newsfeed this morning to bring you the above ridiculous blog post title.

I didn't check the exact dates and times, but almost as if trying to form a perfect trifecta of ignorance, fate brought us these three impossible statements from radio hosts across two different media outlets - Twitter and The Wall Street Journal.

Here's what has been published in the last couple of days:

Rush Limbaugh
An article released this morning on HipHopWired, titled "Rush Limbaugh Says Tea Partiers Love America More Than Obama, Clinton", bashes Limbaugh's recent editorial in The Wall Street Journal. To be fair to Rush, I'm not sure the article title is a reflection of his exact words, but HipHopWired writer Danielle Canada makes her case here.

The Toucher
Fred Toettcher, known as the "Toucher" on 98.5 The Sports Hub, typed a tweet on Twitter during NFL draft night that got people talking, and got The Toucher apologizing - hoping to save his job. "What did he tweet that taused tow much twubble?" (asked Elmer Fudd). According to USA Today, the Toucher tweeted this about draftee Tim Tebow and his entourage:
"It looked like some kind of Nazi lily-white is what I'm trying to say. Yeah, Stepford Wives."
Mike Bacsik
Mike Bacsik's former claim to fame was pitching to Barry Bonds as Bonds hit his record-breaking 756th career home run. Now the KTCK (Ticket 1310) talk-show host can add to his infamy, as he has served up a one-two punch of media misspeak on Twitter that is likely to send him off the air for a long time.

When the Spurs beat the Mavs, Bacsik tweeted "Congrats to all the dirty mexicans in San Antonio."

But that wasn't enough, according to David Flores on A morbid threat was muttered in yet another tweet on the same night with this mini-rant: "If I get cancer and I’m going to die I will blow NBA office."

I don't know about you, but I've got questions.

What does all this mean? Why is all this hate in the air? Is it the economy, or is it just plain old people being stupid? (reference)
As if a live mic wasn't risky enough, how many DJs will continue to make statements on Twitter, Facebook and the like that could lead to them being off the air?

I'll leave that for you to decide. No hateful comments will be tolerated... please keep it respectable.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Hide your young girls

A DJ in Darlington in the UK quit his job after he sent a FaceBook message to a 14 year old girl last week.

They had met earlier that day when the DJ's radio show did a live broadcast from the girl's school.

Looks like the girl's father was arrested after he beat the crap out of the DJ, but the police did not arrest the DJ.

In addition to resigning, the DJ in question has stated that he now "plans to travel overseas for a year".

Ummm, does that mean he's heading to the US? Or is he heading to another country where he thinks establishing relationships with 14 year olds will work out better for him than it did in England.

Full Story

Three things about Darlington that you may or may not care about:

  • Association with the history of railways

  • They've got their own football club

  • Hometown of deceased rock and roll drummer Michael Lee
  • Thursday, April 01, 2010

    1080 Drops Vicevich

    I know I haven't posted anything in a while, but a local DJ being fired has brought me back.

    The Hartford Courant reported this morning that the guy on WTIC AM 1080 - heard after the Ray and Diane show (that no longer features Diane) and before Rush - will no longer be heard.

    The guy's name is Jim Vicevich, and that's pretty much all I'm going to say about him.

    If you really liked listening to him, it appears he will still appear on the local Fox station in the a.m. as a regular on Fox 61 Morning News.

    No surprise there.

    Now, for our old feature: Three things about Hartford...

    It is home of the Mark Twain House

    It has a marathon

    It has a pretty good local beer

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    Turn on the Light

    and change the station if you want to hear Coast to Coast again in the NY area.

    Sure, many of his New York fans probably thought host George Noory was abducted by aliens, or taken away to a secret location by real life men in black trying to stop him from spreading the truth. But he was really just dropped from 770 AM WABC in New York (while his show was still syndicated in other parts of the country).

    One radio show's gain is anothers loss

    Noory's Coast to Coast show was quickly scooped up by rival NY station WOR (heard at 710 AM on the dial), but that means WOR had to fire long-time overnight host Joey Reynolds.

    Now what will Joey Reynolds do?

    Read more by David Hinkley's article in the NY Daily News and tell us what you think below!

    By the way, "Turn on the Light" has a double meaning here. has been sort of "lights out" for a few months as there were basically so many radio firings attributed to the economy that it was just sad. No big announcement here about "being back" because we're just going to take it one day at a time, like AA, only with a beer instead of a cup of coffee.