Ten Best disgraced DJs
randomly compiled by Brian Clarey
Ten Best disgraced DJs
When conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh called 30-year-old Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she dared to suggest her heath insurance should cover birth control, he awoke a sleeping, feminist giant. As of press time, 45 local and national advertisers have dropped their support of his program, though he did offer an apology of sorts three days later. Devastating as it is, it’s not even the worst disgrace of his long career — that would be his 2009 drug arrest, when it came out that he was a junkie who scored Oxycontin from his cleaning lady.
Lonesome AM-radio cowboy Don Imus had to make a gravelly apology of his own in 2007, after calling the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball Team “nappy-headed hos” just after they won the NCAA tournament. He was fired from CBS radio the next day, but he remains alive on the nationally syndicated (and, I might add, publicly owned) airwaves.
Stave Dahl and Gary Meier
It seemed like a good idea at the time: In 1979, Chicago DJs Dahl and Meier planned a “Disco Demolition Night” between games of a White Sox twi-night doubleheader at Comiskey Park promising 98-cent admission for fans who brought disco records to be blown up. The explosion incited fans to riot, light fires in the outfield, tear down the batting cage and literally steal bases. In the aftermath, 39 were arrested.
Stern was fined more than $2.5 million by the FCC for things he said on the public airwaves from 1990-2004, before he moved to satellite radio network Sirius. He makes this list not for anything he’s said — though his body of offensive work is formidable — but for the movie version of his autobiography, Private Parts, which may be the worst film I’ve ever seen.
The Regular Guys
Larry Wachs, Eric Von Haessler, “Southside” Steve Rickman and Tim “Action Plan” Andrews make up the team of the “Regular Guys” morning radio show based out of Atlanta, geared towards the Charlie Sheen demographic. In 2004, to protest a crackdown by the FCC brought on by the infamous Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction,” the Regs recorded a sexually explicit interview with porn star Devinn Lane and vowed to air it — backwards, to avoid fines. Only they “accidentally” played it forwards on the people’s airwaves during a Honda commercial. Wachs and Von Haessler were suspended by Clear Channel for their infraction.
The host of “The Savage Nation” — whose real last name, incidentally, is Weiner — courts controversy like others do ratings. He’s had conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church, people afflicted with autism, C-SPAN and the Council on American- Islamic Relations. In 2009, based on his hate speech, he was banned from entering the United Kingdom, a ban which still stands today.
Adam Cox, Steve Maney and Trish Sweet
In an on-air contest gone horribly wrong, Cox, Maney and Sweet, hosts of KDND’s “Morning Rave,” ran a “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest in 2007, in which participants had to drink large amounts of water without the benefit of restroom breaks, with the last one winning a video game system. The ploy turned tragic when 28-year-old Jennifer Strange died later that day of water intoxication. A jury eventually awarded her widower and children $16.5 million in a civil lawsuit. Cox, Maney and Sweet were fired.
Matthew “Mancow” Muller
In 1993, after then-President Bill Clinton had tied up traffic near LAX Airport during an appearance, the Mancow pulled a prank on the Oakland Bay Bridge, blocking traffic on the westbound lane while his co-host, Jesus “Chuy” Gomez, got a haircut. For this prank, the Mancow became a convicted felon and his radio station, KYLD, settled a civil suit with a delayed commuter for $1.5 million.
Dr. Johnny Fever
Okay, so he’s not a real guy. But everyone should remember how Fever, the spaced-out DJ from television’s “WKRP in Cincinnati” played by Howard Hesseman, came to the station after being fired from his old job for uttering the word “booger” on the air.