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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

Cyber attack on Washington radio websites

wtop_127_01The Web sites of Washington radio stations WTOP (All News) and sister station Federal News Radio (aimed at federal government employees) have been hacked, potentially infecting the computers of people who visited their Web sites.

A statement posted on WTOP’s Web site said that users who visited its page using Internet...

09 May 2013

Washington station brings back “Commuter Idle”

wtop_152All news WTOP Washington has announced the return of “Commuter Idle” .

It’s an extreme commuter competition in which listeners share their daily travel horrors and compete for prizes and the chance to be crowned WTOP’s “Commuter Idle.” 

Entrants have to submit a story describing their commute and the...

04 May 2013

Radio host tells Newtown families to ‘go to hell’ for joining gun control debate

newtown24n3web_217Newtown victims, including Mark Barden, have been front and center in the gun control debate since Adam Lanza killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Now a  Minneapolis/St. Paul gun-loving conservative radio host thinks they should “go to hell.”

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29 April 2013

BBC radio starts the day with birdsong: ‘Tweet of the Day’

bbcattenbourgh_223The BBC has announced that veteran naturalist David Attenborough (pictured) will host a 90-second show dedicated to British birdsong. It features the song of a different bird each weekday, along with background on the species’ behavior, habits and place in literature and folklore.

Attenborough, who has traveled the world for...

29 April 2013

BBC radio starts the day with birdsong: ‘Tweet of the Day’

bbcattenbourgh_223The BBC has announced that veteran naturalist David Attenborough (pictured) will host a 90-second show dedicated to British birdsong. It features the song of a different bird each weekday, along with background on the species’ behavior, habits and place in literature and folklore.

Attenborough, who has traveled the world for...

26 April 2013

BBC World Service fan forces neighbours to move

bbc_187A BBC World Service fan "plagued" his neighbours by playing Radio 4 non-stop forcing them to to move  house.

A court has heard that Robert Thomas, 59, (pictured) would listen to Radio 4 at full volume day and night, forcing his neighbours Stewart and Juliet Dunlop and their two teenage children to...

16 April 2013

BBC Radio 2 DJ loses voice on air

chrisevans_304BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans was forced to hand over his breakfast show to a colleague after losing his voice.

The award-winning host showed up to present his program as usual but struggled to speak to his nine million listeners.

"Is this going to work? I don't think it is," he said at...

12 April 2013

Ex-workers implicate more radio stations in software piracy case

supernetwork_276Microsoft and Adobe's software piracy case against several radio stations within the Super Radio Network group may widen, as ex-employees emerge to point fingers at more alleged copyright infringements.

Super Radio Network is the umbrella corporation for a number of Australian regional radio stations in both...

05 April 2013

April Fools’ Day prank gets two radio personalities suspended

val__scott_253Two Florida radio personalities were suspended indefinitely over an April Fools’ Day prank. (pictured)

 The "Val and Scott in the Morning" hosts were joking that dihydrogen monoxide was coming out of peoples’ taps.

The hoax sent listeners into a panic and led to several calls to Lee County...

03 April 2013

Cleared Saville probe BBC producer says police are arresting the wrong people

jimmysavile_200_02An ex-BBC producer freed without charge in the Jimmy Savile investigation has told the UK Sun newspaper how stars preying on young women became rife there.

Wilfred De’Ath said even top chiefs were involved and added: “Everyone at the BBC was at it —...

02 April 2013

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