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Mellow Down Easy

January 31, 2008

Indy radio rage in Texas

Man sets station on fire over playlist

AUSTIN, Texas – A volunteer at a community radio station set fire to the station because he was upset that his song selections for an overnight Internet broadcast were changed, police said.

Paul Webster Feinstein, 24, has been charged with second-degree felony arson for the Jan. 5 fire that caused $300,000 damage to the studios of 91.7 FM KOOP. He faces from two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

Feinstein told investigators that he was “very unhappy” about the changes to his playlist, said Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Nye. The songs were intended for an Internet broadcast that occurs when the station is off the air.

“He had a dream of a career in radio and was very disappointed about where it had led him,” Nye said.

An attorney for Feinstein could not be reached for comment.

Must suck to be a listener sponsored radio listener in Texas.
Just this last August, KPFT in Houston had their front window shot out by someone with an assault weapon from a waiting car, nearly hitting a programmer:

Station manager Duane Bradley said the shooting might have been political. Bradley said “It’s highly likely that, at some point, someone may have heard something that offended them and they decided to do something about it.” KPFT has been the target of attacks before. Shortly after the Houston station went on the air, the Ku Klux Klan blew up the station’s transmitters with dynamite in 1970 and again in 1971.

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One comment

  1. I once had a super-stoned hippie kid try to give me a daisy in exchange for letting him sleep on the station’s front porch… not exactly assault with a deadly weapon, but he was pretty ripe!



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