Wednesday, August 24, 2005

CLEAR CHANNEL: SO MANY LISTENERS, THEY CAN AFFORD TO RISK HAVING A FEW SHOT

As part of a half-thought-out promo for Clear Channel station WXTB in Tampa, they staged a fake prison break-out, shackling listeners together, dressing them in orange jumpsuits and promising a prize for the first pair to make it to the radio station studios.

Only trouble is, of course, under Florida law, anyone spooked by the apparent dangerous criminals on the loose would have legally been entitled to shoot them - a level of danger never faced during a UK radio competition, even on the Radio One Record Race.

Oddly, station management claim that they knew nothing about this really elaborate stunt:

"Friday morning, WXTB’s (98ROCK 97.9 FM) Big Boys Morning Show with Puddin’ and Phatty staged a contest that was unauthorized by station management," WXTB GM Dan DiLoreto said in a statement. "We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this stunt has caused the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and applaud their swift action. We regret the confusion and inconvenience caused to citizens in Pasco County who
were alarmed by this stunt."


So, somehow, the breakfast show team managed to get the logistics in place, and the participants onboard, without the management knowing about it? Might not be just the listeners who want shooting (metaphorically, of course)


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