2 radio employees disciplined for on-air killings commentary - KMOV.com

2 radio employees disciplined for on-air killings commentary

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The manager of three southwest Missouri radio stations has apologized and disciplined a pair of talk show personalities for suggesting that the on-air killings of two Virginia journalists was a hoax.

The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/1L1zC1t ) reports that the controversy stems from an Aug. 30 discussion between call-in show host Joe Rios and his telephone screener, Rick Masters. The Sunday morning show, called "Cracker Barrel," airs on KTTS-FM, KSGF-FM and KSGF-AM.

The stations manager, Rex Hansen, said one employee indicated he believed the shooting was a hoax "to the degree that there might have been some thinking that it was intended to influence gun laws, so they fabricated the event." Hansen called the comments "disrespectful and downright wrong" in an on-air apology last week.

Rios and Masters don't have listed numbers.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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