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Saturday, 14 April, 2001, 09:06 GMT 10:06 UK
Eminem sparks DJ walkout
Eminem on stage
Eminem: Sentenced to two years' probation
A disc jockey walked out of a live radio show on Friday after refusing to play a record by controversial rap star Eminem.

Graham Mack abandoned his show on Birmingham's BRMB radio station after rowing on air with the programme controller Adam Bridge.

Mr Mack refused to play the US rap star's hit Stan saying: "I decided not to play Eminem. The guy has been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon."


I don't pay you for opinions, I pay you to play what I tell you to play

Adam Bridge
Eminem was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon on Tuesday and sentenced to two years' probation in an American court.

Listeners heard Mr Bridge, who did not realise he was on air, say: "I don't pay you for opinions, I pay you to play what I tell you to play. Just play the bloody song."

But Mack refused to back down saying: "If you want Eminem played this morning you better come down here and play it yourself."

Detroit incident

Eminem was given two years' probation, fined $2,500 and ordered to undergo counselling and submit to drug testing at a Michigan court.

The charges came after an incident outside a Detroit nightclub in June last year when Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers III - saw a man kissing his wife Kimberly.

The performer's concerts in the UK earlier this year were picketed by gay and lesbian rights' protesters who said his lyrics were sexist and homophobic.

'Embarrassing'

Couple who won BRMB's wedding competition
Couple married on the day they met for the first time
BRMB spokesman Mike Owen said the programme would soon be back on air.

He admitted Mr Mack's criticism of the station was embarrassing.

"He wouldn't play the scheduled track and now we can't get hold of him."

BRMB is no stranger to controversy.

In January 1999 it arranged a "blind-date" style wedding where two listeners married each other despite never having met after winning a competition.

The stunt sparked strong protests from church leaders who said the move was "a dangerous and immoral experiment".

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