December 19, 2009

At WFLZ-FM radio Turkey Frying Radio Stunt Goes Bad, Real Bad

A turkey-frying stunt Friday by the MJ Morning Show on WFLZ-FM 93.3 will be investigated by the State Attorney’s Office after the intentional blaze destroyed a van and injured a firefighter.

Source: St. Petersburg Time/ TampaBay.com (TAMPA) — A turkey-frying stunt Friday by the MJ Morning Show injured a firefighter, destroyed a van and alarmed fire department officials, who say the intentional blaze was unauthorized.

Tampa fire spokesman Capt. Bill Wade said he was "very disappointed."

Officials from WFLZ-FM 93.3 were not available to comment.

The DJs used a crane to drop a turkey carcass through the open roof of a plumbing van that had a vat of burning oil inside. An inflatable snowman stood near the van's open side doors. Clear Channel broadcast the whole thing live from its studio parking lot at 4202 Gandy Blvd.

For the first few minutes, the broadcast focused on a large silver pot smoking on a burner inside the open van. Then the smoke turned to flames that shot through the van's roof.

When the turkey finally reached the pot, flames engulfed the van. Radio employees ran around the van, first laughing, then trying to put it out with handheld fire extinguishers.

"How we going to put this thing out?" one DJ asked.

"I don't know," said another, laughing.

Tampa firefighters soon arrived in full gear and began spraying down the van. Wade said Capt. Ken Licata, 47, a 26-year veteran of the fire department, hurt his back during the incident and was hospitalized.The radio station issued a written statement in response to the incident.

The radio station issued the following statement: "Our intent was to show how dangerous it was to cook a turkey in a situation like this. We were prepared to extinguish a modest fire. Once the fire got out of control, we quickly called the fire department."


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