If there were a poll of “localities with the most boring sports radio possible,” Central Iowa would definitely receive a fair amount of votes (North Dakota, as always, retains their title in a runaway). Without a pro team and surrounded by mediocre-to-awful college teams, there just isn’t much for the on-air talent to talk about. Then their studio begins to resemble a prison, a dimly lit cell where tensions run high and hygienes run low.
So when there’s a breaking point, oh god, does it ever break. Witness the calamity that unfolded on Des Moines’ KXNO, an ESPN Radio affiliate. The principal parties in this sh-tstorm are hosts Marty Tirrell and Larry Cotlar, and they seem to be fighting over, um, media credentials used at a high school basketball game. Yeah, seems benign, right? Apparently not; Tirrell was enraged enough to scream, according to the DES MOINES REGISTER, “over a dozen” effenheimers at Cotlar over a commercial break. One slight problem: the mics were still live.
The audio is after the break, mainly because it’s riotously NSFW.
We weren’t kidding. This is about media credentials. Weird. Surprisingly, Tirrell isn’t much interested in discussing the issue any further:
Tirrell, contacted Friday night, declined to comment except to say, “I get along with Larry fine.” He directed any additional questions to Joel McCrea, vice president of WHO/Clear Channel Radio in Des Moines. McCrea could not be reached for comment.
This incident, by the way, could be a problem for the radio station, but it depends on whether anyone actually, well… cares. Emphasis ours below:
FCC rules … say that the base fine for any violation of the profanity restrictions is $7,000 per violation, but that the commission may charge as much as $32,500 per violation based on a variety of factors, including the nature and circumstance of the violation.
Enforcement of FCC rules can only begin after a complaint is filed with the commission.
So if nobody complains… dropping Feutron bombs left and right is fine? And those ridiculous profanity rules can lose some teeth? That’d be a refreshing breath of sanity (and no, the irony of it being brought on by several breaths of insanity isn’t lost on us). Hey, whatever moves us forward, right?