Hi, radio fans, my name is Deb and I'm a Disc Jockey by trade. Maybe you've heard my radio show? I'm serving time in the Pen for stealing some blue eyeshadow from my local K-Mart. It sure can get lonely in lockup so I'd love to have a penpal. Write me, and I'll reveal my most recent playlist, and maybe we can trade Top Tens.
The recent jailing of WXRK's Crazy Cabbie had me wondering just what it is that attracts air personalities to trouble with the law. I found out that I'm probably in the minority of DJs because I haven't been caught doing anything that'd land me in front of a judge. From Tokyo Rose to pirate radio pioneers, more on-air voices have been caught up in legal scuffles than anyone can keep track of. Some recent cases include mic-hog Bubba The Love Sponge's tearful clearance of charges, and El Cucuy de la Manana, (translated: "The Boogeyman in the Morning"), arguably the most popular Spanish-speaking jock who's twice been in court for promoting the services of dangerously insane faith healers on his show. Some of these guys' troubles have to do with perceived invincibility and abuse of position. Like Kaiboni, a popular Zimbabwe DJ, or Stoney Berly Gibbs, an American club DJ in Germany. I think we radio folk should keep our noses clean and stick to trying to land our listeners in jail like Opie and Anthony or Goumba Johnny do.