WBAB/Long Island Claims Someone "Hijacked" Signal
May 18, 2006 at 6:10 AM (PT)
Did someone "hijack" Rock WBAB/LONG ISLAND's signal to broadcast a racist song? That's the station's claim after the country song with frequent uses of the "n-word" and other racial references aired at about 7:15a ET WEDNESDAY.
NEWSDAY reports that the song interrupted a PINK FLOYD song and was followed by several seconds of dead air before morning hosts JOHN "J.P." PARISE and ROGER LUCE returned to the air. (Although the paper does not mention which song was aired, racist country songs by "JOHNNY REBEL" have been aired by other morning shows, including HOWARD STERN, as comedy bits for several years).
The station, which has been under fire for the morning hosts' "Wetback Steakhouse" commercial parody that drew criticism and resulted in an apology from the hosts, claims that the racist song emanated from someplace other than the WBAB studios and that someone likely interrupted and replaced the station's STL link with their own transmission.
"I'd like to find out who did it," PD JOHN OLSEN told the paper. "I'm not happy about it."