KBXX (97.9 The Box)/Houston Responds To RDS Hack
July 28, 2015 at 3:57 AM (PT)
RADIO ONE Top 40/R KBXX (97.9 THE BOX)/HOUSTON had its RDS (RADIO DATA SYSTEM) hacked SUNDAY, JULY 26th. Instead of the normal information about the song and artist -- the screen was displaying the N-word. The station's audio was not affected.
Listeners noticed first, and tweeted images showing the N-word on radio displays.
RADIO ONE responded quickly -- and smartly -- tweeting, “#NoPlaceForHate ... Saluting our staff and listeners for immediate help in addressing the hack that occurred earlier this evening.”
RADIO ONE released this statement:
On SUNDAY, JULY 26th at approximately 9:20p RADIO ONE identified that our RADIO DATA SYSTEM (RDS) was hacked. This violation caused radio car displays to read obscenities on the 97.9 FM THE BOX frequency. This matter was addressed promptly by our engineers. We thank all of our listeners for sounding off on social media to ensure we knew about this issue. The #NoPlaceForHate hashtag was immediately created as a response to this unfortunate incident. Our mission to inform, inspire and entertain our listeners will not be compromised by haters."