Shock as jock off the air

Casey Radio has taken a presenter off the air. 173461_03 Picture: BRENDAN REES

By Brendan Rees

A presenter for Casey Radio has been taken off air after a furious listener alleged crude comments were made about “breasts” and “testicles.”

“I had children in the car with me on both times,” said Hank, who had tuned into a recent Wednesday morning show.

“I certainly do not intend listening again, which is a shame because of other good shows.”

Hank, who asked Star not to reveal his surname, contacted Star News expressing his “great disappointment” when he heard the presenters discussing breasts and on another occasion, a chat about massages where one of the presenters spoke about “getting touched on the testicles.”

“Why I’m most upset is no response from the president of the radio, even after I brought it to their attention,” he said.

“Then I messaged the City of Casey Council and yet again no response.

“I actually went to the station twice last week to talk to someone about it after not hearing from the president or the council and the place was locked up.”

3SER president Nia McMartin said a presenter concerned was “contacted, reprimanded and is currently off air for a period,” with an on-air apology made on Wednesday, 14 November.

“Casey Radio is a 100 per cent volunteer organisation and from time to time inexperienced presenters make mistakes,” she said.

“We acknowledge this and follow our processes to ensure all presenters are adequately aware of their responsibilities in line within our association rules and the broadcasting legislation.”

Ms McMartin confirmed “To date, Casey Radio has not received any written notice of complaint either via normal postal channels, delivered to the station or via email.”

However, she said Casey Radio had received an anonymous letter from the City of Casey Council on Wednesday 31 October whereby a listener of the station complained about hearing “rubbing against testicles“ and “breasts”.

Casey Radio took complaints of this nature seriously and had processes with which to deal with such issues, she added.

Hank, who was reluctant to comment on the matter further, said: “It was once a great little station.”

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