Armstrong And Getty Catch Another Show Using Their Calls
July 29, 2010 at 9:51 AM (PT)
Did syndicated talker DOUG STEPHAN's show use taped calls from ARMSTRONG AND GETTY's show? The CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KSTE-A/SACRAMENTO and KNEW-A/SAN FRANCISCO talkers told listeners to WEDNESDAY's show that a listener ("alert listener DAVID") caught STEPHAN's "GOOD DAY" show using calls about the salary controversy in BELL, CA that sounded suspiciously like calls to A&G's show.
A&G said that STEPHAN's show was "using clips of our own and passing them off as their own." They also said that the segments appeared to have been trimmed from the show's podcast version, but they had obtained an unedited version. They played the clips late in the show's 6a (PT) hour, comparing the calls to calls aired on their show the previous FRIDAY and finding them identical. "It's a 'Good Day' for plagiarism," GETTY joked.
Later in the show, A&G got STEPHAN on the show, who opened with "I got my hands up, I'm under arrest, you got me." STEPHAN said that "exactly what you said happened was what happened," explaining that the calls were taken inadvertently from clips taken from his "TALK RADIO COUNTDOWN" show, which A&G did not think was an acceptable explanation.
"Don't B.S. a B.S.er," GETTY counseled STEPHAN, who then apologized. The hosts accepted the apology, but later noted that the apology ("that was not an apology") did not explain why the calls were not only "borrowed" but the names of the callers were deliberately changed.
Stephan Issues Statement
On THURSDAY, STEPHAN issued a statement reading, "My company produces several radio programs, including GOOD DAY and the TALK RADIO COUNT DOWN. The COUNT DOWN program, which is billed as being a review of what happened on the air during the past week in talk radio across the country, uses clips from shows around the country to highlight the top stories in talk radio and has served to promote my fellow hosts and our format for more than 10 years.
"It is our policy on COUNT DOWN to give credit to the programs from which we choose those highlights, and we've done a pretty good job on that front. On occasion when there is crossover on a story between COUNT DOWN and my GOOD DAY show, we have used some of those same clips on GOOD DAY to reinforce a conversation. Again, it is our practice to give credit for those clips, but on rare occasions that practice has not been followed and some clips have been run without attribution or with the wrong attribution.
"Obviously there are flaws in our system and the wrong clip can wind up in the wrong place as evidenced by what has happened here. This is unacceptable. I take full responsibility and have told my staff in no uncertain terms that it will not happen again. I called ARMSTRONG and GETTY to apologize and assure them that I have dealt with this problem. I have been in this business for 44 years and great respect for our profession and my peers."