Suspect arrested on KOOP-FM fire


Paul Webster Feinstein, 24, has been charged with second-degree felony arson for the 1/5 fire that caused $300,000 damage to the studios of KOOP-FM Austin (1/10/08 RBR #6).

He faces from two to 20 years in prison and a 10,000 fine if convicted.

Feinstein told investigators that he was "very unhappy" about the changes to his playlist, Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Nye told the AP. The songs were intended for an Internet broadcast that occurs when the station is off the air.

"He had a dream of a career in radio and was very disappointed about where it had led him," Nye said.
Station president Andrew Dickens told the AP Feinstein had been in a dispute with another volunteer about what kind of music should be put into a digital library for the Internet program.

Feinstein was a jazz fan and his Internet program was called "Mellow Down Easy."

Feinstein, who had volunteered at the station for about a year, quit a week before the fire, saying he was going to do other things, Dickens said.