Radio’s Top 10 Turkey Moments of 2004
(Little Rock) – Once again, Radio has had its share of “turkey” moments during the past year. Corey Deitz, author of “The Cash Cage”, a book which reveals the inner workings of the Radio business, has released this year’s list of “Radio’s Top 10 Turkey Moments of 2004”:
10. Cleveland radio sportscaster, Chuck Gileti, went to jail after being found guilty of driving under the influence (for the 3rd time), drug possession, and other charges.
9. WQZQ (The Party 102.5)/Nashville morning deejays, Billy Breeze and Marco, were suspended after a hoax in which they told listeners Britney Spears was at the station. Fans sent thousands of emails to the station and even showed up in the parking lot – for nothing.
8. Former Denver Radio traffic reporter, Sam Hammer, was been sentenced to federal prison for 8 years. Hammer, whose real name is Dean Edward Letschka, admitted having a relationship over the Internet with a 14-year-old girl who actually turned out to be an undercover Postal Inspector in Washington, D.C.
7. A host on a British gardening show inadvertently spent 3 minutes with a caller explaining how best to grow a plant the caller referred to as “Northern Lights.” The host didn’t realize it’s also the name for a strong variety of marijuana, besides the cabbage she thought she was discussing.
6. South African radio personality, Gareth Cliff, was suspended for two days for conducting and on-air “interview” with Jesus and receiving numerous complaints from listeners.
5. A Romanian DJ, Alin Farcus, seized control of his own radio station and threatened to jump from a balcony if he wasn’t given the back pay due him. His boss agreed to fork over the $425 bucks.
4. Jim the Photographer, a regular on “Ray Lytle’s Morning Disaster” heard on WQLZ-FM, wound up in the hospital after launching bottle rockets from his buttocks. He suffered burns to his behind and anus.
3. Teapot Tim from WIHT-FM covered himself in foam padding and let listeners set off fireworks on him. He wasn’t injured but another person suffered minors burns - and then the cops showed up.
2. Billy Wayne Miles called KMCM-FM in Odessa Texas asking for a request. After 3 tries with no success, he made another call: a bomb threat. Miles was charged with a felony.
1. Lee “Crazy Cabbie” Mroszak, a regular guest on Howard Stern’s show, blabbed on the air about avoiding his income taxes. Somebody must have been listening from the IRS because they brought him up on charges.
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