Andrew Z Video Pulled From Station Website And YouTube
August 26, 2009 at 6:01 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL/TOLEDO has ordered the removal of a video from Top 40 WVKS (92.5 KISS FM)’s website and YOUTUBE, reports THE TOLEDO FREE PRESS. which shows morning host ANDREW "ANDREW Z IN THE MORNING" ZEPEDA and sister News/Talk WSPD-A reporter NIK RAJKOVIC having a confrontation as RAJKOVIC waited to interview Democratic mayoral candidate BEN KONOP.
"I stopped him from chasing after [KONOP]," said ZEPEDA. "I stepped right in front of him."
The FREE PRESS writes, "The station caught the altercation on camera after an in-studio interview with mayoral candidates KONOP, MIKE BELL and JIM MOODY. In the video, ZEPEDA intervened and told the reporter to leave the area. ZEPEDA said he uploaded the video on the station website to show listeners the altercation, which he mentioned on-air. The YOUTUBE version was removed by author 'andrewz07' on AUGUST 25th in the afternoon."
"We wanted to give listeners a chance to see what happened behind the scenes because we talked about it on the air," ZEPEDA said.
WSPD-A News Director BRIAN WILSON agreed with the decision to remove the video. "It wasn’t my order, but I’m totally in support of it," WILSON said. "It’s a wise move on the part of the company in order to see to it that ANDREW Z. doesn’t embarrass himself anymore than he has with his ignorance and immaturity with the way journalism and the news department function."
ZEPEDA said he understands CLEAR CHANNEL’s decision to remove the video. He said the company allows him to voice his opinion openly on air, which is what matters most to him.
Check out the video here.