iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Radio station stands by DJ for Nude Picture Contest

Written by KevRoss - November 3, 2009 at 6:21 am - Filed Under: Industry News

nude_photo_newsMADISON (WKOW) — iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Radio is backing their D. J. over a controversial contest asking listeners to send naked pictures of themselves in order to win concert tickets.

dj Tyler Kruze held the impromptu contest Wednesday night. “He asked them to send pictures of themselves doing housework in the nude, in the buff,” says iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) FM Operations Manager Mike Ferris, “It was a cute little idea for them to have some fun.” Not everyone thought it was so cute. A Madison area woman heard the contest on the radio, she sent us an e-mail saying she was shocked and appalled. Calling the contest a form of pornography.

“This had nothing to do with that, this was just doing housework in the buff, it was silly and impromptu. That’s all it was, it had nothing to do with sex,” Ferris said. iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) said the dj did not get permission to run the contest, but add that Z104 followed “strict guidelines” to make sure all contestants were over the legal age limit. The angry e-mailer demand ed the radio station and the dj be punished for the controversial contest. iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Apologized, but is sticking by Kruze for his decision.

“Tyler did nothing wrong, and that’s the truth,” Ferris says. iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) did say dj Tyler Kruze was reprimand ed, but did not say what that entailed. Kruze did issue an apology on the stations website and over the air.

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