KBUD (Smokin 94.1)/Denver Says Hackers Briefly Knocked Station Off-Air
July 8, 2015 at 3:57 AM (PT)
MARCO BROADCASTING CORP. Rock KBUD-A-K231BQ (SMOKIN 94.1)/DENVER, the pot-themed station that recently signed on the air, was knocked off the air MONDAY night after, owner MARC PASKIN said, the station's computers were hacked and material deleted, according to a report by CBS O&O KCNC-TV (CBS 4). The station returned to the air TUESDAY afternoon.
PASKIN, who doubles as afternoon host "GARY GANJA," said, "They came in and hacked our computer. They took out all our music, imaging promos and comedy segments." PASKIN is also fighting a complaint by iHEARTMEDIA's CITICASTERS LICENSES, INC., which objected to MARCO's application to modify K231BQ, claiming that "K231BQ is currently operating in a manner that has not been, and could not have been, authorized by the Commission, as such current operation results in prohibited contour overlap to co-channel K231AA’s protected 60 dBu contour and furthermore is causing documented interference to regular listeners of K231AA."
K231AA is iHEARTMEDIA's BOULDER, CO translator rebroadcasting Top 40 KPTT (95.7 THE PARTY)/DENVER; PASKIN says that his translator has not changed its parameters and, referring to the station's prior format, added, "If I would have stayed Sports Talk and had a small audience I wouldn’t be hearing from them."