Little Rock DJ suspended after handing out gay porn to pride parade protesters

BY admin

July 03 2004 12:00 AM ET

A Little Rock, Ark., radio station removed its regular morning show from the airwaves for two days as Conway police investigated whether a producer had given a sexually explicit videotape to a 16-year-old bystander during a gay rights parade.

Organizers of last Sunday's pride parade in Conway--which could not get under way until after cow manure, which had been spread along the parade route early Sunday morning, had been cleaned up--filed a complaint with Conway police regarding the tape. They claim a producer for KABZ-FM and a woman accompanying him offered pornographic videos to protesters lining the parade route. A teenager received one of the tapes. "It was triple-X, hard-core male-on-male action," parade organizer John Schenck said.

Conway police lieutenant Danny Moody said an obscenity charge is possible.

The station's general manager, Philip Jonsson, identified the producer by his on-air name, Phlip Satchel, and said Satchel had worked at the station about a year. Jonsson said he couldn't remember the man's real name. Television news clips showed a man in a black Speedo-style swimsuit walking along the parade route and announcing that he was giving away pornographic material as he handed out DVDs and videotapes.

With Satchel temporarily off the air, the station carried a syndicated sports show Thursday and Friday morning. Jonsson wouldn't say whether other radio station employees were involved or whether anyone would be disciplined. Schenck's partner, Robert Loyd, said Satchel approached him Sunday about the videos.

"This man in a bikini 'miked' me and started asking me questions. He said, 'How do you think I look in this?' I said, 'OK, I guess,"' Loyd said.

The producer asked if Loyd thought he was gay, Loyd added.

"I said 'Aren't you? You're wearing earrings,'" Loyd said. "He said, 'No, I'm straight. We thought we'd help you out by handing out porn tapes to the crowd.' I didn't realize he'd been doing this during the parade."

In regard to the manure incident, police said they were investigating and could file criminal mischief and littering charges.

Tags: World

AddThis

READER COMMENTS ()

Quantcast