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4/21: Morning Mash with why Streetz 102.9 was so shortlived, Kiss 104.1’s lineup for its Flashback Festival

For a few days, you might have heard a hip-hop station called Streetz 102.9, which disappeared on April 8 as mysteriously as it arrived. (The Web site is gone, too.)

Here’s a possible reason why: litigation and accusations of employee misconduct, breach of contract and stealing of proprietary computer data.

Radio One, which owns Hot 107.9, sued the purported operators of Streetz, first on March 20, but amended last week on April 16 to include more details. Kevin Ross over at radiofacts.com broke the news of the lawsuit, which is also on his site.

The defendants include two former Radio One execs Steve Hegwood and Wayne Brown. (Except for his quick comment to me April 8 denying his involvement with Streetz, neither he nor Brown have returned calls to me or anybody else I know of in the press. I’ve also left messages with the respective attorneys on both sides.)

The lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court alleges that Hegwood, while employed with Radio One as operations manager of the Atlanta market, stole the music library, including special mixes created by Radio One of particular songs (two in particular: “Pop Champagne” by Ron Brown and “Stoopid” by Gucci Mane.) He also allegedly signed on as a Radio One employee a month after he left and accessed Hot 107.9’s confidential radio research and database.

“Hegwood is believed to be the principal and driving force behind Streetz 102.9,” the lawsuit said. “Hegwood has actively concealed his participation in Streetz 102.9.”

Hegwood resigned from Radio One on Feb. 17, saying he would focus on his Albany radio station and a consulting firm. After he left Radio One, the company in the lawsuit said it learned that Hegwood’s Extreme Media Group acquired two FM translators. One, W250BC, was picked up from Clark Atlanta on September 2007 for $100,000. More recently, the signal was licensed to Cumulus Broadcasting to start 99X at 97.9 in exchange for a Georgia radio station outside of metro Atlanta.

The lawsuit said Radio One discovered that Extreme Media received the 102.9 translator in December 2008 while Hegwood was still employed with Radio One. But the name on the documentation was Hegwood’s nephew Keenan Heard. Heard’s address matched that of Hegwood. Heard, the lawsuit said, was there to “obfuscate [Hegwood's] participation.”

Extreme Media acquired the rights to W275BK at 102.9 for $235,000, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit said his boss Brown was aware of his activities but did nothing to stop them and alleged that he was involved in the whole situation.

Here’s Kevin Ross of Radiofacts.com’s take:

Many in the industry are left scratching their heads and wondering why [Hegwood] would leave the Atlanta station and start his own company IN HIS OWN NAME and use Radio One property to get the station off the ground remains to be seen. At this point, few if any people have heard from Steve or have been able to reach him for any quotes. Alfred [Liggins of Radio One] is not giving up and this is not a pretty situation.

-The lineup for the August 8th Kiss 104.1 Flashback Festival at Lakewood Amphitheatre includes the Bar-Kays, Con Funk Shin, Sugarfoot (of the Ohio Players and the Dazz Band) and Slave. Tix are $10 to $55.

13 comments Add your comment

Dagwood

April 21st, 2009
8:47 am

thank goodness someone had the sense to cancel this garbage .like this city needs another hip hop station. come on people why can’t this city have a positive black music station!!! is that soooooo hard to do

Sham On

April 21st, 2009
2:15 pm

Thank you Dag. You want some damn good music? How about a 60/70s Motown\Philly sound station? Sounds good to me..

Joe Biden - VP of United States

April 21st, 2009
3:05 pm

Joe Biden here….not only did I write the Declaration of Independence, quarterback the Steelers to Super Bowl wins, started CNN, and built the Taj Mahal, but I’m also a DJ on Streetz 102.9. I use the name Bippity Boppity Horse’s @ss because I’m a horse’s @ss!

Joe Biden - VP of United States

April 21st, 2009
3:09 pm

Joe Biden here again……not only did I end World Wars 1 & 2, but I also invented TV and radio. Anyone seen my bestest buddy in the whole world…..Randall Bloomquist?

George W. Bush

April 21st, 2009
6:24 pm

I think ol’ Joe’s gettin’ himself confused with Al Gore again. What a shame, Joe’s every bit as smart as I is.

Ghost on the Wall

April 21st, 2009
10:03 pm

We call people that like to write comments like the first 5 on here “Pretenders.” You can blog under the cover but won’t come out on the streets and say what you really think. I wonder why? Pretenders are fake.

Carlos

April 21st, 2009
10:05 pm

I pretty much agree that the black urban music market does not need another radio station in atlanta. There’s already 3 (Beat 95.5, V-103 and Hot 107.9)but only one 1 lite music station (B98.9). Whats up with that.

Reader

April 21st, 2009
10:33 pm

I agree with you Ghost on the Wall. Atlanta: The City Full of Complainers, I never seen a place with so many complainers. How can you complain about an urban radio station if you’re not listening to it? LoL

G-Man

April 21st, 2009
10:48 pm

What the ATL needs is a smooth jazz replacement. 107.5 was a great smooth jazz. What station do we have for smooth jazz…91.9 is definitely not the one.

Elixir

April 21st, 2009
11:07 pm

Sad to see smooth jazz leave Atlanta, but thank God for WRAS and WABE ;)

Show some love for the old (and old at heart) :D

Kim

April 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm

Never heard the station while it was on the air, but if it was the same format as 107.9 and others, then it will not be missed. A hip hop format that would play underground with a blend of classic old-school hip hop or international artists would be more inovative.

WLCK 91.9 is a “real” jazz based diversified station that does not focus on that weak so-called “smooth” jazz

G-Man

April 28th, 2009
12:03 am

91.9…REAL JAZZ…PLEASE!!! Myles Davis, John Coltrane—Old school great, but not easy to understand. Give me Dave Koz, Norman Brown, Fourplay, etc. any day over those guys

Meek

April 29th, 2009
7:10 pm

I definitely agree with Kim. We need more real jazz stations. It’s a shame that 91.9 is the only jazz station in Atlanta, but nonetheless an excellent station. FYI; G-Man, you need to be educated in real true jazz. And it’s Miles Davis…