Sunday, October 6th, 2002
In an era where "shock-jocks" seem to rule the morning radio waves, another
story comes of a DJ who went way over the line. KUPD disc jockey and member
of the "Morning Sickness" show Beau Duran called Flynn Kile,
Darryle Kile's widow this week.
In the prank call, Duran said, "We saw you on TV the other night, and you're
very attractive. You're hot. Are you going to the game today? Do you have
This gross attempt at humor has both sides of the
Cardinals/Diamondbacks series up-in-arms. Especially St. Louis
skipper Tony LaRussa, "I'm vehement in saying that whoever is responsible
should suffer serious and dire consequences," La Russa told the Associated
Press. "If we could get our hands on them, we would deal with them
physically. It was so brutal that something should happen to them. I hope
whoever was responsible gets nailed."
However, LaRussa is not the only one upset. Diamondback president Rich
Dozer said he was "mortified," "It was out of line. He should not have
said what he said."
All this said, the press is reporting that there is no intention of the Sandusky
Group (who owns KUPD) to take any action against Duran. Sandusky market manager
Chuck Artigue called the prank "guys being guys, but in terribly bad
taste, in his opinion." On KUPD's web site, Duran is listed as suspended
and the station has also issued an apology to all the parties involved.
In my opinion, it is absolutely repulsive for a radio personality to call
up a dead man's wife, broadcast her on the air, and hit on her. However,
it comes as no surprise. Today's radio media has been slowly lowering the
standard on what they deem acceptable and unacceptable. "If it gains viewers,
then it must be okay" seems to be the motto of most radio shock-jocks. However,
free speech is vital to this countries greatness. But there still needs to
be some sort of censorship on content that is published to the public.