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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

Radio station offers $40,000 prize for transgender person's transition

A top 40 radio station in Canada is offering $40,000 (about US$30,300) to help a listener transition to a different gender.
 
The New Hot 89.9 in Ottawa, Ontario, launched "The New Normal" contest and sought personal stories from all Canadian residents. The Program Director Josie Fenech said the winning entrant will be able to use...

11 September 2015

Radio hosts suspended for saying on-air killings of TV journalists was hoax

Two Missouri radio show personalities were suspended for an unspecified period of time for suggesting the on-camera murder of two Virginia TV journalists was a hoax intended to increase support for stronger gun laws.
 
Joe Rios, the host of call-in show "Cracker Barrel," and Rick Masters, his telephone screener, made the...

11 September 2015

On air altercation puts show off-air

A popular Winston-Salem North Carolina morning radio show is off the air after the station said two of its members were suspended for a "physical altercation."
 
107.5 WKZL posted on its Facebook page that Jared Pyke and Jason Goodman (pictured) of "Jared and Katie in the Morning" were suspended indefinitely,...

14 August 2015

Actors shut down radio interview over racist, sexist questions

Actors from the new Fantastic Four film walked out of an interview with a pair of Atlanta radio personalities when the two DJs insisted on asking rude, inappropriate questions.
 
According to BuzzFeed, actors Jamie Bell (Thing), Kate Mara (Susan Storm) and Michael B. Jordan (The Human Torch) became...

04 August 2015

Radio station broadcasts under water

Hundreds of divers and snorkelers took to the sea to listen to a local radio station’s four-hour broadcast in the ocean at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
 
Staged by radio station WWUS and the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, the festival encouraged coral reef protection and environmentally responsible diving. The event took place at Looe...

13 July 2015

Radio host in trouble for killing rabbit on air

A Danish radio host, Asger Juhl, (pictured) got himself in serious trouble after allegedly killing a 9-week-old bunny named Allen during a live broadcast on Radio24syv.
 
Juhl said he killed the rabbit, which was considered a pet, with three strikes to its head with a bike pump, claiming the death was a statement to those...

06 June 2015

iHeartMedia sued over text message ads

A lawsuit has been filed against iHeartmedia.inc. (previously Clear Channel), over what the complaint terms "unauthorized text messages" sent to consumers' cell phones by the company's radio stations.
 
In the complaint, styled as a class action, the network is...

06 June 2015

Radio station broadcasts an attempted carjacking live on air

The unbelievable moment was captured on 612 ABC Brisbane just after 9.30pm when a woman called to discuss her hair pin collection.
 
The woman was heard discussing her collection when she was interrupted by two men yelling and swearing.
 
Host David Curnow (pictured) quickly put the call on hold, unsure of what had just...

02 June 2015

iHeart Radio gets $1 million for improper emergency alerts

U.S. regulatory body the FCC has hit iHeartCommunications with a $1 million fine for airing a false emergency alert during the broadcast of the nationally syndicated “The Bobby Bones Show.”
 
The FCC said that the false alert was heard on iHeartRadio’s station in WSIX-FM in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 24. The FCC said that Bones, while...

22 May 2015

Man caught cheating on wife on live radio phone-in

An unsuspecting caller to a Dublin radio station admitted to having four one-night stands - but had no idea a friend of his wife would be listening.
 
A caller to Dublin's Niall Boylan Show, named Michael, contributed to a...

13 May 2015

Presenter accidently rants on-air

MoreFM listeners were treated to a reportedly expletive-filled rant when co-host Joe Cotton (pictured) didn't realise audio from her microphone was live.
 
The rant was described by a listener as "foul mouthed" after it aired at 7pm on Tuesday.
 
One listener said: "Joe was unaware her microphone was still on and...

07 May 2015

Pot Talk Radio

With more U.S. states legalising marijuana for medical and recreational use, marijuana media is growing like a weed, including an array of new online publications, social networks, and podcasts targeting consumers and business people.
 
Now broadcast radio is joining the list.
 
Several stations have now flipped to a new format: marijuana...

20 April 2015

Radio France paralysed by longest strike in 10 years

Radio France, the country’s main public radio broadcaster, has been paralysed by a strike since March 19 in what is now the longest such action to affect the company in a decade.
 
The company, which is 90 percent state funded through license fees, is in deep financial trouble after it was forced to adopt a projected 2015 budget deficit of 21.3...

29 March 2015

Madonna isn't banned - she just needs some better songs

When Madonna (seen here at the 2015 Brit Awards) learned her latest single had not made it on to the BBC Radio 1 playlist, she claimed to be a victim of age discrimination.

The 56-year-old singer said she was “shocked” that Living For Love would not be played on the station, saying: “Wait a second. houldn’t it be to do with whether you...

25 March 2015

After calling Muslims 'suspect,' radio host disappears

A prominent radio host on WGMD 92.7 FM, (Delaware) Jake Smith, said on air that "as far as I'm concerned, not every Muslim is guilty, but every Muslim is suspect" of sympathising with Islamic extremists.
 
When a caller to his show said Smith was "a bigot." Smith replied, "you're a jackass."
 
He...

07 March 2015

Radio and TV voiceover legend dies at 80

Gary Owens, (pictured with his famous hand cupped  around ear look) the man behind the smooth baritone best known for announcing the classic TV series 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In', died in Los Angeles at the age of 80.
 
Owens hosted thousands of radio programs over his seven-decade career. He appeared in more than a dozen movies and...

25 February 2015

Radio station offers listeners the chance to be a porn star

A Florida radio station is offering to make one of its listeners a porn star.
 
Station 97X  is running the unusual promotion leading up to Valentine’s Day.
 
The station is asking for entries on its web site. Finalists will appear on the air with the head of a national pornographic web site who will then choose a winner.
 ...

07 February 2015

QC and radio station part company over four seconds of theme music

Top QC and The Sunday Times columnist Tom Percy has quit his regular and popular breakfast spot on 6PR, Perth (Australia) after learning his introductory theme song would be changed whether he liked it or not.
 
The well-recognised tune, which has been used for over a decade on the show, was taken from the satirical British TV series “...

20 January 2015

Radio ISS streams global radio & the International Space Station

The International Space Station circles the Earth about every 90 minutes, and in that time they move in and out of range of a number of terrestrial radio stations. If you're ever curious what's broadcasting in the part of the world the ISS is moving over, Radio ISS will play it for you.
 
The site itself is pretty simple. Once you visit, you'll be treated to a...

12 January 2015

Radio star Casey Kasem buried in Norway

Six months after his death, radio personality Casey Kasem (pictured) has finally found a resting place.
 
The former host of "American Top 40" was buried December 16 at Vestre Gravlund, a cemetery in Oslo, Norway.
 
But the burial has not calmed a long-running family feud.
 
His daughter Kerri...

12 January 2015

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