Radio station apologizes to USM for accidental broadcast

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel radio station has apologized to The University of Southern Mississippi for the accidental broadcast of a private conversation by its employees over the Internet.

During the Saturday broadcast of the Golden Eagles' spring football game, several employees discussed sexual topics, and the audio was unknowingly broadcasted.

Blakeney Communications Inc., the parent company of radio stations Rock 104, KZ 94.3 and 96.5 The Hub, issued the apology Sunday to the university and its football fans.

The conversation of several employees of WXRR-104.5 FM was picked up by a live microphone and broadcast via the Internet to fans who subscribed via the Southern Miss All-Access feed.

In its apology, Blakeney Communications executives wrote, "The employees deeply regret any offensive remarks which may have been made and wish to apologize to Southern Miss fans."

The entire statement from Blakeney Communications can be viewed online at:

"We appreciate that Blakeney Communications takes full responsibility for this unfortunate incident," said USM President Martha Saunders. "We regret that some of our fans who heard the broadcast were exposed to reprehensible language, and we trust that the company will take the steps necessary to make sure this doesn't happen again."