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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

India’s first LGBTQ radio show

Outspoken Indian gay rights activist Harish Iyer (pictured) is the host of "Gaydio," the first radio show dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in India, where homosexuality is a taboo and gay sex can be punished with up to 10 years in jail.
 
Iyer, 38, says: "As an activist, it is in my DNA to stand up for a cause. You hear heart-...

16 August 2017

Old time radio returns

Kansas Radio Theatre is a new comedy and music radio program with a live audience airing on more than 10 radio stations across the U.S. state.
 
The hour-long show includes family-friendly skits, music, and a variety of local and national talent.
 
Ray Wills, the show's producer says: "I don't think people in Kansas...

07 August 2017

UK Muslim radio station broadcasts lectures calling for holy war

Iman FM transmitted 25 hours of sermons from Anwar Al-Awlaki (pictured), a hate preacher killed by a US drone strike in 2011.
 
A complaint was made to Ofcom, which has suspended the Sheffield-based station's licence.
 
The watchdog said the material 'amounted to a direct call to action to members of the Muslim community to prepare for and...

09 July 2017

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

AS REPORTED BY THE BANGKOK POST...
 
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.
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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

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