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DJ forgets to hit 'live' button

DJ Andy Greener
DJ Andy Greener broadcast for an hour unaware he was not live

A radio DJ spent an hour talking on his breakfast show without realising that listeners could not hear him.

Andy Greener, a volunteer DJ at Radio Teesdale, forgot to press a crucial button to make his show live.

Instead of his show, listeners heard 60 minutes of music and jingles as an automated back-up system kicked in to prevent radio silence.

He was alerted to his mistake when his station manager, listening at home, tried to call in.

Peter Dixon repeatedly tried to alert his DJ to his mistake.

But the former police officer, known to listeners as Mr Andy, was too busy presenting his show to answer the phone.

Eventually, Mr Dixon got through and Greener began broadcasting again.

Media attention

"I've been involved with community radio for about four years and I've been doing this three days a week for 10 months and have never done it before," Greener told the BBC News website.

After this I don't think I'll be forgetting again!
DJ Andy Greener

He said he felt "a bit uncomfortable" with the media attention his mistake had attracted but that any publicity for the station was "absolutely brilliant".

"I'm starting to get to the stage of being a bit sick of it all, but I look forward to getting back on the air on Monday," he said.

"After this, I don't think I'll be forgetting again," he added.

The independent station, which broadcasts to 25,000 people in rural County Durham from the market town of Barnard Castle, has a community licence to broadcast locally.

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