Jason Mahoney of the "Dave & Mahoney" morning show on 107.5 FM
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
As two Australian disc jockeys find themselves in hot water over a tragic prank, a local host is talking about "the line" when it comes to jokes.
The discussion comes after a nurse at King Edward VII Hospital in England fell victim to a prank phone call. The DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, and tricked another nurse into providing private medical information about Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The nurse, identified as Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead of an apparent suicide Friday.
In the quest to be funny and edgy, morning hosts and DJs are always trying new things, and sometimes even local hosts find themselves in hot water.
"Being funny, it's going to that line but you can't cross that line. We try to go as close to that line without crossing it," said Jason Mahoney, co-host of the Dave and Mahoney Morning Show on 107.5 FM.
There, DJs make every effort to bring in listeners and keep them tuned in.
Mahoney said he has crossed the line before. He was suspended in 2009 after a young man performed a lewd act in front of another DJ's house.
"We gave a play-by-play of it the next morning, and his dad called up and threatened to sue us because he thought we were violating his right to privacy," he recalled.
Mahoney adds that it is every entertainer's worst nightmare when there is a tragic aftereffect. He, and many listeners look at what happened with the two Australian DJs as a big deal.
"I think [hosts] go way too far and this is an example," said Las Vegas resident Rose Fiumara, who added that she tries not to listen to morning radio programs.
Others, however, see nothing wrong with trying to make people laugh.
"I don't think it should be that big of a deal," said Crystal Ford. "I suppose if I was on the receiving end, I'd probably be a little mad."
When in doubt, Mahoney looks to his mother.
"Is my mom going to hate me tomorrow if I say this? And if the answer is yes, then we don't do it."
At the end of the day, Mahoney said he still has to face his listeners at places like the grocery store, and he doesn't want to make them mad.
The two Australian DJs took themselves off the air until further notice.
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