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Moby suspended from South 107 in Rome for cursing

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Moby was suspended from South 107 Monday for an accidental curse word. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Moby, the veteran syndicated country DJ, was suspended indefinitely from South 107 in Rome after he accidentally uttered a word combining the Lord’s three-letter name and “damn” on Monday.

For now, Kevin Daniels will cover the shift from 6 to 10 a.m. Hometownheadlines.com broke the news.

Moby, in an exclusive interview Monday night, said his North Fulton County studio was hot this morning so when he thought the mic was off, he cursed about the furnace being on. Listeners heard him.

“I hated it happened,” Moby said. “It won’t be repeated. A lesson learned. In the studio,  you always have to assume the mikes are open.”

Howard Toole, a managing member of Rome Radio Partners (which operates South 107), said “it crossed the line with a lot of listeners and advertisers.” So the station chose to suspend him but then opened up their website for people to comment on whether to keep him or not. Toole said they plan to take feedback until Feb. 24 and then make a decision.

Moby is confident listener response will be in his favor.

He remains on WNGC-FM in Athens and seven other stations in six states. He has been running his own syndicated radio operation for the past eight years.

Moby – with his folksy twang and sayings such as “Yeah baby!” -  made a name for himself in Atlanta at Kicks 101.5 for more than a decade until 2002. After a short, ill-fated stint at Z93, he started his syndicated show in 2004.

He has been on South 107 for about five years.

Moby – whose real name is James Carney – was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame last year and will be inducted this year into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.

Randy Quick, South 107’s general manager, wrote this note on the South 107 website:

On behalf of our staff and management, we wish to sincerely apologize to you, our audience for the comments made during the “Moby in the Morning” show on Monday, February 13th. Throughout the years, we have worked very hard to provide a country music station worthy of your family’s listening loyalty. Whether intentionally aired or by accident the statement made Monday morning violated your trust and subjected our audience to completely inappropriate language. In light of this event, we have suspended the “Moby in the Morning” show indefinitely. Kevin Daniels will be with you in the mornings for the immediate future. This being said, let me state that we greatly value your input. We’d like to know how you feel this should be handled.

Fans of Moby supported him after his mistake on the South 107 Facebook page. His foes are glad he’s gone and hope he stays gone.

“South 107 apparently doesn’t understand that people make mistakes. He apologized for it over and over again.” – Terri Bevins.

“IF MOBY GOES SO WILL A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT FOLLOW HIM AND I AM ONE !!!!!
KEEP MOBY !!!!!!!” – Lori Priestley Michael.

“I have never liked moby. My disliking has nothing to do with this mornings incident. I am glad he is gone. Kevin is a much better radio personality than moby. I loved Kevin and Kristen in the mornings. Hopefully they will bring something similar back to south 107.” – Andrea Kelley.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

111 comments Add your comment

Phred

February 13th, 2012
10:29 pm

Now if we could just get Rome Radio Monopoly to apply similar standards to that crap heap 104.9 The Rebel, then I could listen to the station with my kids in the car. The music is decent but the DJ prattle is so filthy that I cannot…

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Flibberty-Gibberts!

February 13th, 2012
10:48 pm

He said “damm” AND “Lord”?! On the air? Oh goodness gracious me! We need to pray for Mr. Moby’s eternal soul right now! Someone call Brother Pat Robertson to lead us in a hymn! Kneel before God and plead for the devil to leave that poor, poor sinner! Next thing you know, he’ll be talking about women having the right to choose! Then it will be premarital fornication and what those perverted homosexuals do in their basement sex dungeons! Finally, he’ll declare his intention to run for President of the United States as the nominee of the Republican Party, because that’s all they talk about too.

kev

February 13th, 2012
10:53 pm

Whoa i had no idea wngc was in athens! They must have decent signal, i can usually get that station and i live in vinings lol

Moby's Dick

February 13th, 2012
10:53 pm

I have hated that guy since the day he set foot in Atlanta. He’s a bigoted, homophobic redneck.

FCC Official

February 13th, 2012
11:19 pm

If Moby were black, his language would have been glossed over by management as him merely “celebrating his diversity.”

see also:
Tiger Woods on the golf course, Michael Irvin on ESPN, [Insert any Hip-Hop 'Artist' with a Microphone Here]

Jack Mehoff

February 13th, 2012
11:20 pm

Damn. Moby got fat. I guess he gave up the vegan diet.

Dirty South TV

February 13th, 2012
11:27 pm

Moby: Leave those incompetent “wish-they-were-Holy” liars while you can.
Their “technician” leaves the mic hot–and you get suspended.
Yeah, o.k., leave them while you can. We are confident that you will have many offers from bigger and better radio stations by lunch time tomorrow, just put the word out there.

One Love,
Dirty South TV

RRDawg

February 13th, 2012
11:33 pm

Boy, Glad I chose to read this. JTesla you made my day, I loved it.

BoyWonder

February 14th, 2012
12:04 am

This my friends is KARMA.

For those of you who don’t know the story of ‘Moby’s” full career, he was also a DJ in Houston, during a time when many folks were moving Texas-bound from up north to try to take advantage of the better economic opportunities there.

Moby, that G-D type of person he was, did his best to whip up as much anti-yankee sentiment as was possible, and made a bad situation worse for alot of folk.
He is a radio and publicity ho – plain and simple.
And not a nice person within.

Now, he is a helluva a National Anthem singer as I sawhim perform at Turner Field years ago.

But he is fully deserving of whatever he got, since his mouth is what brung him, and it is what will undo him.

Free Speech?

February 14th, 2012
12:11 am

We all have the ability to say whatever we want, when we want to. Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should! I happen to enjoy Moby’s morning show, even though he can sometimes be rude and try to control the show to his own opinion! I believe that the radio station had a difficult time making this decision! I do admire the way they have handled the situation! I however feel bad for whoever has the job of listening to some of the viewer’s comment’s!!! The one’s that show their ignorance and lack of maturity by saying whatever comes out of their mouth before it get’s to their brain!(It’s contagious)! Please don’t make your decision on a man’s future solely on the comments of people that may or may not even listen to your show!!! I

Who Cares?

February 14th, 2012
12:21 am

This is really news in the Atlanta market? Really? Radio in hip-hop Thugville, Georgia is much worse than any slip of the tongue from Moby. I don’t listen to him, but come on. If Atlanta’s ready to clean up its trashy radio, there are other stations to start at which will net a bigger catch. Lets all pounce on this guy for this, but excuse the trash that Superbowl halftime shows allow. Lets not forget to turn our radios up to the max tomorrow as we enjoy that peaceful hip-hop noise that uses such clean and correct grammar in it’s lyrics. And maybe, just maybe, you can see a drive by!

BigDeal

February 14th, 2012
12:22 am

I’m sure the 6 people who heard him were truly offended.

Kiteman

February 14th, 2012
12:44 am

Wow. I thought the story was about a radio station in Rome, Italy and this had to do with someone saying a bad word and the Vatican objected. I didn’t know anyone in the US still listened to terrestrial radio or radio at all. Sad. It is even more pathetic that there is a redneck town in north Georgia that stole it’s name from a historic, cultured city.

Who cares

February 14th, 2012
12:50 am

Who cares about Moby anyway! He has always been a butt head when it came to what he thought was right and his Stupid Yeah Baby. I actually stopped listing to his syndications after he made such a stink about the Dixie Chicks issue- they had a right, to their opinions about the President then and it is nothing being said about the current president bashing going on now. We are all hypocrites here in Atlanta anyway.

Who cares

February 14th, 2012
1:01 am

“I say” We all raise up and have his induction REMOVED from last years Georgia Radio Hall of Fame and STOP his being inducted into this year into the Country Radio Hall of Fame. The HEATION- shame on you and shall we all be damned to ever listen to your sydications ever again.
LETS ALL SAY IT TOGETHER “YEAH BABY” …….redneck phony
Jacka$$

Tommy C.

February 14th, 2012
1:21 am

“A lesson learned. In the studio, you always have to assume the mikes are open.”
He’s been in the industry long enough to be inducted into the GaRHOF and the Country Radio Hall and he hasn’t learned that lesson yet?? That most basic of lessons? I think it’s #3, after “Here’s the transmitter control” and “Here’s the coffee maker”! And by the way, @Dirty South TV, it’s syndication- it ain’t *their* technician, it’s *HIS* technician… and ask where his studio (and that furnace) is, sometime….

brk

February 14th, 2012
5:28 am

now if they could just fire hime & he would fall off the face of the earth cannot stand him that Yeah baby stuff is so redneck get rid of him permantely pleas

Tex

February 14th, 2012
6:03 am

This must be a joke. This and worse happens all the time on TV. Put the man back on the air. Our own idiot president does this stuff.

jdl2

February 14th, 2012
6:32 am

Krishna damn?

Tommy

February 14th, 2012
6:42 am

So, can we send the Regular Guys to Rome so they can be suspended? How about to ancient Rome so they can be fed to the lions?

reno88

February 14th, 2012
6:43 am

moby was a hack in houston in the 80’s and early 90’s, and he’s every bit as unlistenable today. it’s amazing this clown still has an audience.

JW

February 14th, 2012
6:51 am

I can’t believe radio stations are still in business after the introduction of SiriusXM. He could make 10 times what he’s getting in Rome. Alot of people actually PAY to hear language like this with their morning radio. All without commercials… I don’t know who this Moby guy is but geez man, get with it! Get the heck outta Rome, wherever that is, and go national…Get paid what you’re worth.

HootyGoot

February 14th, 2012
7:13 am

I like Moby. I always felt like he was right there in the truck with me fighting the traffic on the way to work.

Yankee Kevin

February 14th, 2012
7:31 am

I like to listen to Moby, I don’t agree with everything he comments on, but he makes me think and I see another side. Does he get 100% of my attention…? No, my radio has other stations to listen to as well as an off button. Radio is intertanment and Moby provides that….he’s not perfect, but neither ‘em I ! Moby is a “Great American” and even great americans make mistakes….I feel sorrier for the people this offended….I hear worse about what can be heard at a McDonalds.
Peace Out Folks……HA BABY!!!!!!

HENRY

February 14th, 2012
7:40 am

THE GUY MAKES ONE MISTAKE IN THREE DECADES AND HE’S KICKED OFF THE AIR? SHAME ON THE RADIO STATION. HE SAID “I’M SORRY AND IT WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN”. NOW MOVE ON. EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE………

Ethel

February 14th, 2012
8:15 am

Give me a break, have you listened to music, tv or video games children play?

TheAntiMe

February 14th, 2012
8:32 am

Get over it, prudes. Casey Kasem of American Top 40 Countdown said much worse and the sound bites from Kasem’s rant when he thought that the mics weren’t open are often times played back and are actually quite amusing. Come on folks, get a sense of humor. Life is waaaaaay too short.

Lamar Hill

February 14th, 2012
8:35 am

Quit the PC.If someone dosnt want to listen to him change the channel.Hell,thats what Boortz tells his listeners!!

Tom

February 14th, 2012
8:38 am

Never mind what was said on the air, the interesting part of this story, to me anyway, is the apparent ball-less management of the station this doofus works for. An online poll seeking feedback about whether to keep him or not? Clearly a policy regarding this type of infraction exists and it was violated, so why should anyone outside of the company weigh in on what to do? Grow a set and make a decision. If the party or parties responsible for this worked for me, I’d fire them, like right now. This little tiny weiny display of indecisiveness negates any appearance that station management wants to follow some ethically superior ground, but simply wants to do what’s least likely to hurt revenues. Morons.

Staci

February 14th, 2012
8:39 am

More concerned that the person behind Moby would use that term when he makes/promotes/sells Gospel CDs than that it was accidentally said on the radio.

I am a Moby ‘fan’ but not a fanatic. I listen to his show on 107 about 1/2 the time. Sometimes I’m in the mood for less talk and more music – then I switch over to XM. On the other hand, I started listening to South 107 because of Moby. Now I listen to Kevin Daniels for my ride home.

Whatever the outcome, I support the station’s decision. But I hope I don’t lose my ride home show as a result!

RM

February 14th, 2012
8:40 am

I like the Moby show nobodys perfect GIVE HIM THE SHOW BACK
YEAH BABY!!!!!

Chanson D'amour

February 14th, 2012
8:41 am

Much ado about nothin’. Has anyone been listening to network TV lately? Whole thing sounds like a stunt to me.

Virginia Pledger

February 14th, 2012
8:48 am

The man made a mistake, he isn’t perfect and neither are all the stone-throwers out there, he at least apologises, which is more than I can say for all the small minded people out there who yells race card for everything. Keeep him, we need diversity in our lives–not the same thing over and over again.

L E

February 14th, 2012
8:50 am

I don’t think you should talk like that anywhere, but I know you have ask to be forgiven and we are not to judge only the Good Lord can do that. So until you are judged by him I think we should except you for you and move on and I do think you will think twice before you ever say or do something like that again.I think everyone that truly is sorry should get a second chance. I really enjoy your show and all that you do for our troops and if they allow you to go back on the air or don’t I wish you the best with what ever happens. God is the only one that can truly judge you so that is how it shall be. Thank you!

Rayenell Duke

February 14th, 2012
9:02 am

Its about time …. That man has been RUDE ,Crude and intolerable since he came on the show, I never understood why Kevin and Kristen were replaced with HIm any way, and to beat it all …. He constantly bragged about his attitude and foul mouth

Howard the Tool

February 14th, 2012
9:12 am

“So the station chose to suspend him but then opened up their website for people to comment on whether to keep him or not.”

This is the most reprehensible part of this incident. Does the studio think that opening up a vote on Moby’s future is a good tactic? I say he made a mistake, it’ll probably never happen again, and screw what the public thinks. The public doesn’t run the radio station.

This is ust another example of the pathetic state of entertainment in our culture, where “reality” shows are the norm and some hack gets to create a Doritos commercial for the Super Bowl.

News flash: the “public” for the most part has no talent, creativity or busness making decisions like this. Howard Toole. His name says it all/

PMC

February 14th, 2012
9:12 am

I thought this was going to be about the musician Moby in the city of Rome, Italy

Ben Dover

February 14th, 2012
9:15 am

It’s a god damn shame

Mary Lee Poss

February 14th, 2012
9:24 am

Congratulations on doing the right thing and putting this guy in the road. I stopped listening to 101.5 when he was the DJ because he was so arrogant and full of himself. My hat is off to anyone that can stomach this egotisic guy. I refuse to listen to him.

KAM

February 14th, 2012
9:28 am

I have been listening to South 107 for a long time, everyone makes mistakes, fine him or something, let him make do an apology on-air, or something like that, because Moby does a lot of good and the Radio Station needs him!! I love you Mr. Moby!!!

kong

February 14th, 2012
9:33 am

I can’t stand Moby and don’t listen to him. His “yeah baby” crap is annoying. Rhubarb Jones is the best. I wish he was still on the air.

Teresa Frazier

February 14th, 2012
9:48 am

107 Radio will do much better WITHOUT him. He is just a negative person in many ways. I havent listened to the station since he came there. He has a following but so did Hitler….a following isnt always a good thing. I say, let him stay gone. Have someone fun, upbeat, and positive on the air. It’s what we all crave and need in our lives!!

BizzyBee

February 14th, 2012
9:59 am

On average, the word “dumba$$” goes through my head at least 250 times per day, but maybe escapes my lips once or ten times. Lord help me if I get fired for the amount of times that I’ve cussed while on the job. I work in healthcare and deal with some really stupid people and patients, bless their hearts.

Moby's Dick

February 14th, 2012
10:10 am

And how much you wanna bet him and the family show up at the church house every Sunday morning. Oh well, if there was ever anyone who need to pray for forgiveness on a daily basis it’s The Mobe. When Karma bites you in the poopydupes, she bites HARD!

Shannon

February 14th, 2012
10:21 am

Moby is a pig and a phony – he always has been. He supported the man who beat and robbed me, so he could marry a friend of Moby’s – of course that ended in divorce and the man treated Moby’s friend like an animal – but he said I was a “kook”. The man not only beat and abused me, but he got me fired from my job, left me deeply in debt and even took my home from me! Moby is a KOOK for standing up for such a person!

jjw

February 14th, 2012
10:29 am

I only read this article because I thought it was about the singer Moby in Rome Italy.

LawDawg

February 14th, 2012
11:09 am

jjw: I’m with you. I feel like I was tricked into clicking on this story.

billy mac

February 14th, 2012
11:15 am

old,fat dumba** why do people listen to this junk

LADY D

February 14th, 2012
11:17 am

WANDA SMITH OF V-103 CURSE ALL THE TIME AND KNOW ONE EVER SUSPENDS HER
AND i GET TIRED OF LISTENING TO IT MYSELF.