1. Technology
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Reviewing The Year in Radio: 2012

Part I - January through May

By

John and Ken, KFI-AM 640 Los Angeles

John and Ken, KFI-AM 640 Los Angeles

Screenshot: KFIam640.com
Every year I stop for a moment and look over the stories from the year. Like any industry, radio has great moments and not-so-great ones. This year has been a mixed bag.

January A man from Granity City, Illinois, Brett Nash, was charged with trying to kill someone by coaxing them into a Jacuzzi and electrocuting him by throwing a radio into it . Then Nash was going to add a cat - to make it look like the cat knocked the radio into it.

Clear Channel Radio > changed its name Ringo Starr, now 72, went on Sirius XM Satellite Radio to promote his 17th solo album. He sat down for a one-hour interview, hosted by Russell Brand.

February

KFI-AM's John and Ken invited controversy when they referred to the recently deceased Whitney Houston as a "crack ho." The hosts and station immediately came under fire from local groups who accused parent company, Clear Channel, of not living up to its commitment to diversity. The duo were suspended.

New Zealand's national radio station, The Rock, gave away a divorce for Valentine's Day.

A man in Los Angeles though it would be a good idea to climb up a radio tower while stripping off his clothes. Officers eventually convinced him to come down. Nobody was hurt.

March Rush Limbaugh apologized to law school student, Sandra Fluke, for comments he made. According to suntimes.com, "...he had branded [her] a 'slut' and 'prostitute' after fellow Republicans as well as Democrats criticized him and several advertisers left his program." Every year I stop for a moment and look over the stories from the year. Like any industry, radio has great moments and not-so-great ones. This year has been a mixed bag.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.