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Moby returns on air on South 107.1 after cursing snafu

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Moby, syndicated morning host, was brought back on South 107.1 in Rome Monday, a week after he cursed on air, leading to a suspension.

Randy Quick, general manager, said listeners “overwhelmingly wanted to keep him. The listeners spoke and we listened.”

Moby said he thought the microphone was off last week when he was complaining to his producer about the heat in the studio and uttered a couple of unfortunate phrases, one which included the word “God” and not in a good way. He later apologized on air.

“It goes back to the old saying that our grandparents told us: treat every gun loaded,” Quick said. “Treat every microphone as on.”

Moby, who brings an old-school Southern flavor to his show, is heard on nine stations in six states, including WNGC-FM in Athens and South 107.1, where he’s been on for about five years.

“I’m thrilled to be back on the air,” Moby said. “The passion and allegiance of the audience shined through. Sure, not everyone loves me, but I’ve always known that.”

He made his name in Atlanta from the early 1990s until 2002 at Kicks 101.5 before he started his own syndication company, which he operates out of Roswell.

Moby will be inducted tonight in Nashville into the Country Radio Hall of Fame. “This is the brass ring,” Moby said, “the Academy Awards of this industry.”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

49 comments Add your comment

C. Mark Willix

February 21st, 2012
9:53 am

Personally he annoys the crap out of me. I’ve never cared for his “humor” or his representation of a Southerner. Sometimes he’s embarrassed me. However to be suspended for saying GD. Please. The Puritans lived in the 1600’s. Not 2012. Get over it and give the man his microphone back. How silly.

YeahBaby

February 21st, 2012
10:14 am

In a semi-related story, I promptly returned to my XM Subscription this morning.

YEAH, BABY!

Brian

February 21st, 2012
10:16 am

Haha. Snafu is in the headline about cursing. Funny stuff.

Andy

February 21st, 2012
11:07 am

The day he started on WNGC was the day I stopped listening to WNGC. He is the worst DJ ever. I can’t stand to hear the man talk. I really wish they would take his show off of the air and actually get a local person.

Reverie

February 21st, 2012
11:10 am

You live. You Learn. I doubt Moby has an issue with a suspension and just wants to move on. This isn’t based upon any overwhelming Puritan ethic, it has to do with basic rules of conduct in society. The fact that we don’t condone dropping F bombs has nothing to do with any church or an aversion to sex, it has to do with not wanting to support life in a vulgar society. As a life-long curser, I don’t need to perpetuate it through the airways.

Jimbo

February 21st, 2012
11:13 am

Andy-is Roswell not local enough for you??

Mr. Ed

February 21st, 2012
11:17 am

“Sure, not everyone loves me, but I’ve always known that.”

Muses a self inflated egotistical dic jockey.

C

Lil Wayne

February 21st, 2012
11:22 am

MOBY IS THE BEST. Id still be listening to RAP if it wasnt for him. YEA BABY!!!!

keith

February 21st, 2012
11:22 am

use him to wake up too…..assures that I will not continue to lay in the bed

Q.Graham

February 21st, 2012
11:23 am

Yes,I agree completely Andy.Not only is he a bit embarrassing,but i find his actions and conduct to be very hypocritical as well! I dont think he is genuinely remorseful. I think he is only sorry that he got caught! I too believe a more localized personality would better serve the listeners of the show. I was a pretty loyal listener to WNGC up until he was implemented or included into the programming.Makes me long for the days of someone like Larry England.Granted,we all make mistakes,but for someone to praise the lord in one breath and then drop the GD bomb in the next? Come on people,who are we kidding when it comes to this guy?

kkong

February 21st, 2012
11:32 am

This guy’s a jerk. Take “yeah Baby” and cram it.

Smiling!

February 21st, 2012
11:33 am

I can’t wait to the day he moves on. The only time I listen to WNGC now is during football season. Wishing Kicks 101.5 would cover the game so I could ignore the station all together.

Lil Wayne

February 21st, 2012
11:35 am

Q.Graham-
If you dont like him, turn off the Radio. It that simple.

Keith – I use him to wake up too, Dont you just wake up in a better mood? I wish I could merry Moby, and wake up to next to him everyday.

HootyGoot

February 21st, 2012
11:48 am

Moby is the perfect DJ for a country station. YEAH BABY!

angrymeatball

February 21st, 2012
11:51 am

Oh Lord, here we go again! Well, I’ll be changing the dial for sure. This guy has an ego the size of Texas and for what? This whole southern thing he’s got going on is so canned and phoney. Who cares about his son, his wife, his life? I’ve met this bloated gasbag and wanted to barf all over him. How one person has such a high opinion of themselves just baffles me. BRING BACK RUHBARB!

Pizza

February 21st, 2012
11:53 am

I wonder how many times “Moby” has said, “I’ll never do that again.” It’s an old saw (like he is new to the business and didn’t know the mike was on). RIGHT ! I don’t listen.

angrymeatball

February 21st, 2012
11:56 am

I used to listen to his station back in the 80’s only because of the music, not him. My friends and I used to crack up listening to him cry about this or that. Oh God, the comical possibilities for this guy are incredible. Once, my friend called him and started ripping him a new one on air. LMAO — oh was Moby P I S S E D, and went on and on about it for an hour! We were having one large laugh at his dopey expense.

Lil Wayne

February 21st, 2012
12:01 pm

Pizza- Its mic, short for microphone. hes not talking into a guy name Mike.

Angrymeatball, I bet you have a high opinion of yourself too. Oh wait, never mind, your an angry meatball.

YEAH BABY!!!!

Karen

February 21st, 2012
12:09 pm

Moby is horribly offensive and annyoing. I love country music but absolutely will not listen to him. UGH. And for him to use the most abominable and offensive of words here in the Bible Belt, over the air..that is certainly ground for temination. For as long as he has been in the business, he should know better.

Q.Graham

February 21st, 2012
12:10 pm

LIL WAYNE???? How big a boy are ya? hahaha you amuse me with your intellect! keep rocking LIL WAYNE!

Shannon

February 21st, 2012
12:13 pm

Don’t ever try to warn his friends they are heading into a dangerous situation. Evidently that’s one of the worst things you can do – there’s no excuse for wanting to help someone.

Lil Wayne

February 21st, 2012
12:15 pm

Q.GRAHAM – NOT VERY BIG. BE NICE. I JUST LIKE MESSING WITH PEOPLE. PEOPLE ARE WAY TOO SERIOUS ABOUT SOME THINGS. I REALLY DO LIKE MOBY, MY MOM USED TO LISTEN TO HIM DRIVING ME TO SCHOOL. I JUST REMEMBER THE GOOD OLD DAYS RIDING TO SCHOOL WITH MOM LISTEN TO MOBY. GOOD MEMORIES.

KAREN- SO ITS OK TO USE GD OUTSIDE THE BIBLE BELT? I THINK YOUR WRONG,, NO SORRY I KNOW YOUR WRONG.

Shannon

February 21st, 2012
12:15 pm

This man left the Atlanta air waves 10-years ago – he doesn’t even show up in local Arbitron Ratings – why does Atlanta need to know every time he says something stupid.

Radio Hall of Fame – How about Radio Hall of Shame?

VICKIE

February 21st, 2012
12:39 pm

I agree with Andy I stoped listen to 101.5 when Moby was on there he needs to be run out of the state

Rick James

February 21st, 2012
12:43 pm

If his 10 listeners were not offended neither am I..

BehindEnemyLines

February 21st, 2012
12:57 pm

I’ve not always been a fan, but the current incarnation of Moby is head & shoulders above anything that his current affiliates have ever had on air … regardless of whether he’s in Roswell, Athens, Rome or Timbuktu.

old school

February 21st, 2012
1:07 pm

Moby was one of Nashville’s top rockers in the 70’s at 103-KDF. He moved to Houston where he was a big hit at one of the top country stations. His syndicated show serves Georgia well. Keep rocking brother!

Lil Wayne

February 21st, 2012
1:09 pm

OLD SCHOOL – ROCK ON, I AGREE

Karen

February 21st, 2012
1:11 pm

Lil Wayne, seriously….that is not what I said. I said that to use that word is especially offensive here in the Bible Belt. Of course, it’s not ok to use it anywhere, because that is one word that is completely intolerable, and yes, I think in the South we find that word especially offensive. He should know better.

Lil Wayne

February 21st, 2012
1:28 pm

Karen -Get back to work.

I know what you mean, Im just messing with you.

janet

February 21st, 2012
1:31 pm

I think Moby has overstayed his welcome in this century. Time for him to return to the 19th century. I don’t think he is truly sorry for anything, just sorry that he gets called out for it. He is the “uber patriot” without ever having served. He has called Senator HIllary Clinton – Tokyo Rose and then Senator Obama both traitors to the USA at the Roswell Memorial Day Remembrace in 2008. This man couldn’t hold a job doing anything else, so he blows hot air for a living. In 2008 he said he got caught up in the moment at the Remembrance ceremony and was sorry. But he ever changed his words on his website. So shame on him – he probably wouldn’t agree- but shame on him. He is further proof of the lowering of the bar in America civility.

billy mac

February 21st, 2012
1:33 pm

just a publicity stunt,how many of you knew there was a moby and a 106.7? now you know,moby cooked this up because he knew nobody was listening to his fat a**

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Lil Wayne

February 21st, 2012
1:36 pm

Janet- I read your last post as blowing hot air. He gives his opinion on the radio, you give yours on an AJC blog. He gets paid for his, you do not, I really dont see a differences, other than he gets paid for his and you get laughed at for yours.

Oh my,

February 21st, 2012
1:56 pm

Got to speak to Moby last week when he was emcee-ing the Willie Nelson show in Hiawassee. He’s lost a lot of weight and looks good. Maybe he’ll switch to Sirrius/XM and he can say wtf ever he wants to. Given all the other options, I can’t believe anyone listens to commercial radio any more.

Ron

February 21st, 2012
2:02 pm

Would love to know what the tabulations were on the vote since it was supposedly “overwhelming” to keep Moby. The blogs seemed about 50/50 at best.

Little Richardd

February 21st, 2012
2:37 pm

Moby needs to play some of my hits so I can stop that chicken commerical. Leave the man alone everyone needs to work and make some money.

Tap House Ben

February 21st, 2012
3:13 pm

When Moby first came to Atlanta, I LOVED him and I look forward to listening everyday. Now, not so much. I must say though that cursing has been one of his least important violations. I stopped listening to him about 3 years ago after Obama came to office. While I am not an Obama supporter at all, I got so sick of him using the entire show everyday to criticize Obama and everyone that voted for him. Moby, I don’t like Obama either, but you used public radio consistently to beat a dead dog to death and I got sick of it, so I quit listening, my personal perogative. But as for the folks who still enjoy listening to him, I say give the man his mic back and anyone who was truly offended by whatever he said, quit listening to him, there are other radio stations and he is not on them. Duh

A.B. Normal

February 21st, 2012
4:13 pm

What station is “Skinny Bobby Harper” and Yetta Levitt on these days?

Q.Graham

February 21st, 2012
4:42 pm

I AINT GOT TOO MUCH TIME FOR OLE MOBY!!!..SHHHHH… about to slap on the aqua velva and head on over to johnnys hideaway!!!..look out cougar girls,here comes the Q-DAWG!!..HAHAHAHA(EVIL VILLAIN LAUGH!)

peter deter weter

February 21st, 2012
4:48 pm

roses are red
violets are blue
I don’t give a F%$
about Moby
Do you?

peter deter weter

February 21st, 2012
4:49 pm

moby and lil wayne in the tree
k.i.s.s.i.n.g first comes love than
comes marriage then comes lil wayne
with a baby carriage

Lil Wayne

February 21st, 2012
6:46 pm

brk

February 21st, 2012
7:40 pm

well Moby can Kiss My Grits CANNOT stand the guy his voice grates on me like fingernails on a blackboard & his blasting our president like he does is not patriotic at all he acts like he is so American but a “true American” would not blast our president (no matter who they are) on the air or take our Lord’s name in vain what a POS

Harvey

February 21st, 2012
7:57 pm

AB, Bobby Harper passed away in 2003.

Shannon

February 22nd, 2012
10:34 am

He is so irrelevant to Atlanta radio – or anyone with teeth.

peter deter weter

February 22nd, 2012
1:04 pm

lil wayne wants to see moby’s thang

Mister Obvious

February 22nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Even Howard Stern, a non-Christian and notorious foul mouth who now broadcasts on the uncensored XM radio, doesn’t say G-D on the air.

JJB

February 23rd, 2012
1:10 am

I love that the headline has both cursing and the use of SNAFU. ha ha