Disciplined radio employee quits after hoax comments

3 years 1 day 9 hours ago Monday, September 21 2015 Sep 21, 2015 Monday, September 21, 2015 12:56:00 PM CDT September 21, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Springfield radio station employee is quitting after refusing to back down from his suggestion that the on-air killings of two Virginia journalists were a hoax.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that telephone screener Rick Kennedy told the newspaper the shooting was probably faked "to create more conversation about gun laws."

The initial comments were made during an Aug. 30 discussion between call-in show host Joe Rios and Kennedy, who goes by the on-air name Rick Masters. Kennedy and Rios said on air their suspicions about the event were spurred by videos that had been posted on the Internet.

The Sunday morning show called "Cracker Barrel" airs on KTTS-FM, KSGF-FM and KSGF-AM.

The E.W. Scripps Company issued an apology for the segment, and both Kennedy and Rios were suspended.

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