By now, I assume you’ve see the viral video of news anchor, A.J. Clemente, and his rookie gaffe on day one at KFYR in North Dakota. If you haven’t seen the video, or heard the story, Clemente was starting his first day as a weekend news anchor and didn’t realize the mic was on just prior to starting the newscast, when he uttered the expletive, f*****g s**t.
Here’s a link to the story as reported by the Today Show. Anchor Fired After Video Of His On-Air F-bomb Goes Viral. I share this link because it’s the only one I could find where the expletive is bleeped out. (Since my kids and family read my blog, I try to keep it at least PG-13).
My On-Air Faux Pas
Many voiceover professionals, myself included, got our start behind the mic in radio, and seeing this story brought to mind my grand faux pas on-air in 1987. At the time, I was a disc jockey for 101 The Fox in Kansas City. Being a classic rock station, we ran a program called, Classic Cuts. It was a pre-recorded program featuring a brief interview with a classic artist, followed by a song from that artist. However, the lead in was read l-i-v-e.
On this fateful night, the artist being featured was, Country Joe and the Fish. My program director was constantly trying to get me to talk a little slower on-air, and after this lead in gaffe, I understood why. In my haste of getting ahead of myself, I read the lead-in and stumbled over my own words.
I was supposed to say, “Up next on Classic Cuts, Country Joe and the Fish”. But when you read a little too fast, your words can get mixed together. So, what came out was a combination of the word ‘cuts’ and ‘Country’…
“Up next on Classic Cu*ts…..”
What followed was a brief pause of dead-air before I quickly re-read the intro, correctly and slowly, hoping no one caught on. Wrong! My phone lines lit up like a Christmas tree and I never lived that one down. Oh, you should have heard what I said AFTER the mic was off
How about you? Care to share your on-air moment of !@#$%& ???