Miami Herald, The (FL) January 11, 1985
Author: MARY VOBORIL Herald Staff Writer

Radio talk show host Neil Rogers flubbed a line Wednesday night while recording an editorial for Thursday’s broadcasts. But “instead of saying, ‘Oh, darn, I’ve got to start all over again,’ he said, ‘Oh, f—,’ ” said David Hosley, WINZ news director.

Rogers recorded a second, flawless version of the editorial. But Murphy’s Law being what it is, it was the “Oh, f —” version that was broadcast at 7:55 a.m. Thursday, just as thousands of listeners were driving to work or tuning in for the morning news.

Murphy’s Law says that if anything can go wrong, it will, often at the
worst possible time.

After the word was broadcast, Hosley said, the tape was stopped. Anchorwoman Rhonda Victor “went on the microphone and did exactly what she should have done — apologize.” Hosley didn’t call Rogers immediately about the misstep.

“He would be sleeping right now, and there’s no point in waking him up to yell at him,” Hosley said. When the gaffe occurred Wednesday night, Rogers had been midway through an editorial announcing the end of the Save Our South Florida postcard campaign, intended to focus on the nation’s refugee policies.

Instead, Rogers said of SOS, “a lot of people got on the bandwagon who were bigoted. They were using it as a hate vehicle. It got off track.”

He had been trying to say SOS had been recast as “a divisive hate fest” when he badly stumbled over the words. And then, frustrated, he said, “Oh, f—.”

“I apologize for the language, but I think the sentiment is accurate,” Rogers said. “It expresses my feelings.”

Hosley said the station plans no reprimand of Rogers. Others were at fault as well, Hosley said; someone at the station should have monitored the tape before broadcast.

Between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. weekdays, the station’s listeners number about 30,000, according to the Arbitron rating service, said Murray Levine, WINZ sales manager. “I hope you’re kind to us,” he added.

Those in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale listening area were both kind and forgiving to Rogers and WINZ. “We’ve had five or six calls, ranging from a person who asked, ‘When can I hear that again?’ to people saying they are offended,” Hosley said.

If the listening public is understanding, so is the Federal Communications Commission.

“It was a mistake, one of those things that happens,” said John Theimer, engineer in charge of the FCC’s Miami district office. “But let’s face it, if we were penalized for every single mistake we make, we’d all be in jail.”

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