V-103 morning sports/entertainment host Elle Duncan clashed with afternoon producer Nina Brown verbally last week. If this had happened behind closed doors, this would not be news. The problem: a snippet ended up going on air.
I received the audio. In it, we only hear Duncan: “Stop with that s*** too Nina, like you’re so [bleepin'] holier than thou!” A few seconds later, Ryan Cameron went on air as if nothing had happened.
I have no clue what the argument was about and what led to this comment. I also have no idea how even a few seconds of it ended up going over a live mike.
UPDATE at 4 p.m. A source who actually heard this argument last week told me that she heard Brown may have flipped the mike on herself on purpose and thus got in trouble herself. She even had a chance to “dump” the audio after the fact because the show is delayed 45 seconds. She did not.
UPDATE at 9:59 p.m.:I have now heard that Brown is no longer at the station. And that the argument had something to do with some left-over pot-luck sweet potato pie. Seriously!
Duncan was off the air for about a week in what appears to be a suspension and returned this morning to the Frank and Wanda morning show, where she has been reporting sports and entertainment the past few months. Previously, she has been a mid-day host (her spot has yet to be filled) and before that, Cameron’s sidekick in the afternoons.
Duncan’s boss and V-103 general manager Rick Caffey declined to comment, per company policy.
Brown declined to comment. Duncan did not respond to text messages.
Since November 17, Brown has been posting scripture on her Twitter page. For example:
“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more…” -Romans 5:20
Bc I only have control over my own thoughts & actions, I will not focus on what others lack, but instead focus on who I am… God’s child!
I walk thru the valley of the shadow of death absolutely fearless w/ a smile on my face & joy in my heart! Haters hate it, but God LOVES it!
God has the ability to not only order your steps, but ur stops as well…
Live mikes can be dangerous.
Back in 2004, the Regular Guys (then on 96rock) got in trouble when the morning team accidentally aired some dirty talk over a Honda commercial. Given it happened after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl brouhaha, the team ended up losing their jobs. The irony: Larry Wachs was trying to mock the FCC by airing backwards porn. The problem: while he was taping a porn star talking dirty, it went over the air. (The Regular Guys are now back on the air, safe and sound, on Rock 100.5)
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog