A hoax at KROQ
The history of radio is full of hoaxes. The most famous, Orson Welles’ 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast, set off nationwide panic. But while Welles and CBS Radio got off with a slap on the wrist from the Federal Communications Commission, the latest big prank — a shocker at Los Angeles’ rocking KROQ — has a station’s license hanging in the balance. Last June KROQ morning jocks Kevin Ryder and Gene ”Bean” Baxter staged a murder confession during their call-in show, Confess Your Crime.