FLORIDA - Technical Glitch Gives Public Airing to Private...*Very* Private...Chat

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Title: Glitch Gives Private Chat a Public Airing


) St. Petersburg Times, published April 14, 2000

Listeners got more than music when they tuned into WTBT-FM 103.5 (Thunder) early Thursday morning.

Because of what seems to be a technical mistake, WTBT aired portions of a private -- very private -- telephone conversation.

On the air, after 1 a.m. and while music was playing, a female voice discussed sex and relationship troubles with an unknown and unheard person on the other end of the phone. The chat was off the air by 1:30 a.m.

WTBT said a phone feed somehow got mixed in with the station's signal.

"It obviously was a technical issue," said WTBT program director Ted Cannarozzi.

Oblivious to being on air, the female speaker used a barrage of curse words. She also talked about a May court date and a child custody fight.

A few listeners called WTBT's morning show on Thursday asking about what they had heard hours before. Unaware of what aired earlier, morning show personality Ron Diaz thought the first caller had received some sort of interference. But, after taking several more calls on the same subject, Diaz realized the conversation had actually aired on WTBT.

"We're trying to track it down," Cannarozzi said. "We're in a building with so many other stations there could have been a cross of wires someplace. It might be that somebody was in a production studio, took a phone call and a patch cord was in."



-- (Dee360Degree@aol.com), April 14, 2000

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