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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

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

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

Detroit’s big three committed to FM/AM radio

ford_sync_252You may have heard the false rumors about AM & FM disappearing from the digital dashboard but the Big Three U.S. automakers have quickly dismissed the idea.

Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne points out they’ve just announced plans to begin installing HD (digital) radio as standard on some Dodge...

14 March 2013

$4000 fine for radio station's misleading contest announcements

wmjx_116The FCC has fined a Boston radio station $4000 for broadcasting misleading announcements about the nature of the prize to be awarded in a station contest.

 The contest was promoted on WMJX-FM as an opportunity to win a choice of three cars. The "Cool, Hot or Green" contest announcements never revealed on the air that the winner...

13 March 2013

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