Moby, the self-syndicated morning man for Country formats, has been suspended indefinitely from Woman’s World Broadcasting’ South 107 (WTSH-FM) in Rome, GA after he accidentally uttered “G– damn” on 2/13. For now, Kevin Daniels will cover the shift from 6 to 10 a.m.
Moby told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution his North Fulton County he thought the mic was off and 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 2/24 and then make a decision.
He remains on WNGC-FM in Athens, GA and seven other stations in six states. He has been running his own syndicated radio operation for the past eight years.
Moby 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 GM, 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.”
RBR-TVBR observation: You can’t please all the listeners all the time, but we think Howard Toole and Randy Quick made the best decision on whether to keep him on the station or not—let the audience decide. Meanwhile, Moby is still a part of the station’s website, even though he’s not on the air.