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10 Bizarre Ways Radio Can Kill You Suddenly

Freak Accidents and Dumb Deeds Lead to Death


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Radio is your friend. Well, usually. Occasionally, a radio - or the business of Radio - can be dangerous and even downright deadly. Here are 10 instances where it might have been better to be watching TV or doing anything else but being near or listening to radio.
  1. An employee at CHIN Radio in Toronto was killed in a freak accident when the antenna on his mobile studio fell and crushed him inside the truck's cab.

  2. From Palm Bay, Florida comes this: "Three members of a family who were electrocuted by 13,000 volts while trying to erect a radio antenna in Central Florida [have been] identified..." reported clickorlando.com. It seems a father, mother, and son were attempting to put a HAM radio antenna in the back yard of a relative's property when the 17-year-old son "...lost control of the pole and it struck an overhead power line."

  3. From Sacramento, California abcnews.go.com reported: "A woman who competed in a radio station's contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner's office said...Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead...in her suburban Rancho Cordova home hours after taking part in the 'Hold Your Wee for a Wii' contest in which KDND 107.9 promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the winner."

  4. Your basic car radio: a piece of electronic technology people are apparently willing to kill for. At least in Stratford, England. BBC News reported: "Two brothers have been found guilty of murdering a father-of-two after they tried to steal a radio from his car."

  5. Police shot and killed a man who threatened a Christian-formatted radio station in State College, Pennsylvania. According to cnn.com: "...the station received a tip...that someone armed with a shotgun was asking people for the address of the radio station and for money...Officers intercepted the man as he arrived at the station, where he began shooting at police..."

  6. A bizarre story out of Person County, North Carolina. According to the online version of the Roxboro Courier Times, a man was killed by his car radio during a late-night crash. Rodney Michael Cates wrecked his vehicle when his Mazda truck went off the road, hit a driveway culvert, went airborne, and landed upright on a nearby residential lawn. Somewhere during all this the truck's radio flew out of it's housing and hit Cates in the head. The blow killed him!

  7. In Belfast, Ireland, a truck driver told a court the reason he plowed into another car and killed the driver and passenger was because he was trying to tune his radio to the news.

  8. Out of Vancouver, B.C., onelocalnews.com reported this bizarre occurrence: "A man was shot to death Saturday in a mall parking lot following an argument over citizens band radio, police said...The two men apparently did not know each other, but got into an argument over CB radio before they met at the mall. Both men were armed, police said."

  9. Fox News reported a story out of New Britain, Connecticut, in which a man died trying to "outdo a rival" while "battle dancing". "James Brown was on the radio and [Robert] Stitt wanted to outdo a rival dancer, who had flipped in the air," according to AP as reported by Fox. Apparently, Stitt "...tried a forward flip and landed on his head." He went into cardiac arrest and later died.

  10. The Independent (UK) reported: "A late-night radio talk show host spoke of his shock after a listener died on air during a phone-in...The caller, known only as Terry, was taking part in a debate on Liverpool's Magic FM 1548 when the line suddenly went silent. The DJ, Pete Price, was so concerned he abandoned his show and raced around to the man's house."

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