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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk