Wild 98.7's Orlando gets booted from booth?
What exactly is going on over at Wild 98.7? The hip-hop shop's Orlando has launched a campaign to get the radio station a new set of HD radio equipment, but it seems the DJ took things a little too far.
The station's Web site has been featuring a look at the crummy equipment the personalities work with, all the while complaining other stations owned by CBS Radio get newer and better stuff (singling out Q105 and WQYK). The page in question tells listeners to "fight the man" by e-mailing Tampa radio bigwig Charlie Ochs. Yes, you’re obviously fighting the man when the man lets you post an entire page condemning him on your Web site.
Things got ugly around 1:30 Monday afternoon, though, when Orlando hit the airwaves to say he was going to provide Ochs home address and private e-mail address so you could get up close and personal with him. Just as he was to drop the knowledge, the station went to static for several minutes.
Was this real or some prank to get us to listen to Flo Rida's Low another 12 times? Both station personnel manager Christine Peters and Ochs said CBS Radio doesn't allow them to comment on personnel issues.
Other DJs on the air say it's the real deal, and Orlando was escorted out of the booth. It still smells like a play to draw attention away from how WFLZ's MJ Morning Show host Todd Schnitt is suing 102.5's Bubba the Love Sponge, but we'll have to keep an ear to the ground to find out. And let's not all forget Tuesday is April Fool's Day.
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