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Should Aussie Hosts Be Fired?

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(12/10/2012 10:19:42 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The loss of a any life is tragic and we dont know what was in the mind and heart of the poor woman who took her life. We don't know what the expectation was for the talent but lets assume for a moment that the station understood the style and expectation of the show and the hosts were working to fulfill that expectation. The stunt was goofy, not mean spirited and I believe that they expected to be shut out early in the bit. Management should stand by and with their talent.
- Dan Halyburton
(12/10/2012 9:59:53 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Audiences aren't asking for these stunts; they're what's being offered to them in place of real humor. Station managers can end them overnight with a straightforward policy: If any employee of the station, on-air or off-air, disguises their identity for any reason other than legitimate newsgathering, they'll be fired on the spot.

Write the policy into employment contracts so that violations result in employees not only losing their jobs, but also losing any severance pay.

- Len Feldman
(12/10/2012 10:43:29 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I'm embarrassed to be in the same profession too, but for a different reason. The hosts had no idea that their prank would result in the death of the nurse, but radio people react like they intentionally killed her. I read article after article stressing that radio needs to be different; to set itself apart from other media. When something, totally unpredictable, goes wrong, radio & the hosts are vilified. The radio industry deserves to be in the deplorable condition that it's in.
- Jerry Scott
(12/10/2012 10:02:09 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Unfortunately, immature "shock jocks" do not realize that words can be more powerful than the bullet in a gun. In fact, you can do more damage with the spoken word than you can with a gun because the effects can last a lifetime. I cannot understand why management allows people like this on the air in the name of "humor". Humor is Johnny Carson, The Carol Burnett Show, Boone and Erickson on WCCO in Minneapolis years ago. These were people who understood there is a difference between funny and being offensive. It seems today that too many people believe you have to ridicule someone or use offensive language to get laughs. That is very sad. Is it any wonder bullying is a problem with the example that is set by those in the "entertainment" industry! Grow up people!!
- Maynard Meyer
(12/10/2012 9:48:05 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Y'know, the pranks have been done a thousand times by a thousand jocks. It's the kind of thing that audiences ask for. And before the internet age, it would rarely ever leave the listening area. I know 15 years ago, I'd never hear about a prank call from the other side of the planet. Meet the global audience.

Now, could anyone have predicted how this would play out? Of course not. It's sad, but it was in no way predictable. Who could have known?

- Just Sayin
(12/10/2012 9:34:24 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I might have found the duping and exploitation of an innocent on a call-out mildly entertaining - when I was 16.

"Rude & crude". Those, I can tolerate. But, these so-called "pranks" are well beyond my threshold - as a listener and particularly as a broadcaster.

- Ronald T. Robinson
(12/10/2012 8:49:19 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Fire the jerks and make sure they never work in radio again except to sweep the floor and clean the toilets.

I am embarassed to be in the same profession.

- Joel Swanson

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