WBAP mistakenly announces death of George H.W. Bush


CumulusAs most of us know, George H.W. Bush, the country’s 41st president, has been in a Houston hospital for more than a month now, undergoing treatment for complications from a serious case of bronchitis. During his stay in ICU, WBAP Dallas apparently got word that he had died and dispatched a breaking news bulletin via email announcing that Bush had died.

His spokesman told the Associated Press this morning to “put the harps back in the closet,” as the former president does not plan on going anywhere.

WBAP quickly realized its error and sent another message.

“A message erroneously reporting the death of President George H.W. Bush was sent out moments ago by WBAP News,” it said. “Mr. Bush has not passed away. We sincerely apologize for this error.”

News director Rick Hadley forwarded questions about the slip to Dan Bennett, market manager for Cumulus Media, reported The Dallas Observer.