Man, do things get interesting when you're not governed by the FCC.
Anyone who's followed the plight of Mutiny Radio — the internet-only community radio station that broadcasts out of a storefront at 21st and Florida, formerly known as Pirate Cat Radio — knows the station has had a somewhat bumpy history these past few years, full of acrimonious staff departures, accusations of theft, and more.
[jump] But selling tickets meant for promotional give-aways? That one's new.
Earlier this week, SF Weekly got a tip from a handful of venue owners in San Francisco that suggested a person or persons at Mutiny Radio had been asking for free tickets to do on-air give-aways, then scalping them on Craigslist for profit — an undeniably slimy and certainly legally questionable move that Slim's owner Dawn Holliday characterized as “out and out thievery.”
When we confronted her with the allegations, Mutiny Radio station manager Pam Benjamin told us that she believed the person communicating with these venues was impersonating her, in an attempt to give the station a bad name.
We've been following this situation for a week now, including an ongoing dialogue with a person claiming responsibility for the sales, and will have more on it soon. But for now, Mutiny Radio has issued a press release denying any involvement with the scam.
It reads, in part:
Within the last few days, it has been brought to the attention of the MutinyRadio.fm collective that a party acting in our name engaged in reprehensible behavior wherein they accepted ticket giveaways from multiple venues while using the MutinyRadio.fm name without our knowledge, only to then allegedly sell those tickets on Craigslist. This sort of activity has never been, nor will it ever be acceptable to the members of MutinyRadio.fm. It is incompatible with our culture, and the offending party is not associated with our station. We are currently investigating the matter further.
The Directors of MutinyRadio.fm wish to apologize to the parties that this action has hurt: the bands, the venues, their employees or working partners. We feel that this person’s actions have done harm to our station as well, but more importantly, it pains us to know that damage to any community or individual was done in the Mutiny name.
The statement goes on to explain that “technical difficulties” led to a case of mistaken identity, stressing that the station's DJs (all of whom are volunteers, and pay $40 per month to host shows on Mutiny Radio) are “incredibly sorry for the rift this has caused, and will endeavor to repair the wounds inflicted by this individual.”
We'll have much more in the coming week or two, so stay tuned. (Sorry.)