DIARY: CRASH AND BURN - Steve King describes how his Viking FM phone-in turned into a live bed show

Steve King, now managing director of Emap’s Radio Aire in Leeds, started out as a radio presenter. Harking back to his days behind the mic, he recalls one particular on-air incident that still leaves him feeling hot under the collar.

Steve King, now managing director of Emap’s Radio Aire in Leeds,

started out as a radio presenter. Harking back to his days behind the

mic, he recalls one particular on-air incident that still leaves him

feeling hot under the collar.



It happened during Viking FM’s morning advice slot, which involved King

reading out listeners’ questions to a counsellor. ’The debate usually

revolved around irritating next-door neighbours and truculent

teenagers,’ he recalls. On this particular morning, however, he was on

automatic pilot and failed to notice a rather unsuitable item slipping

through the net.



’I was halfway through reading the question when I realised the listener

wanted to know how he could ... er ... please his wife in bed, to put it

delicately.’



King pictured his ratings plummeting as mid-morning coffee drinkers

clucked with disapproval. Yet, the question had to be answered. King

crossed his fingers, whispered an apology to his wife and replied to the

question as best he could. ’I talked about what my wife likes, sticking

to topics like breakfast in bed and bunches of flowers, but it wasn’t

easy.’



Later on that day, he discovered that someone in production had set him

up and passed on a phantom question.



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