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DJ, ‘Fed Up,’ Plays Paycheck Song for 2 1/2 Hours - But It’s A Hoax

April 1, 1986

ARCADIA, Fla. (AP) _ A country music disc jockey who said he was ″fed up″ and had locked himself in his studio played ″Take This Job and Shove It″ at varying speeds until police escorted him out.

But it was all a pre-arranged publicity stunt and the station had asked police ahead of time to cooperate by pretending to take the DJ away as if he were under arrest, police said today.

Charlie Bee began playing the Johnny Paycheck hit just after 5 p.m. Monday and attracted about 250 curious listeners to the WAPG-AM and WOKD-FM studios before he left after 7:30 p.m., said station spokeswoman Dixie Dakos.

On the air, Bee pretended to ignore the pleas of management and friends while he played the song over and over, claiming to be barricaded inside the control booth. Among the complaints he aired were that he had had to work Friday, his 49th birthday.

″The little people are important,″ Bee told listeners.

The sound of pounding on a door was heard over the music, followed by another comment from Bee: ″This is my show and they’re not going to tell me what to do.″

Then, said listener Dolly Goldman, Arcadia police Officer Dan Ford asked Bee: ″Charlie, don’t you want to go home?″ Bee left quietly with Ford.

However, prior to the incident, Ms. Dakos had called Arcadia Police Capt. Jimmy Norris to advise him of the stunt and ask him to play a part by escorting Bee away after the expected crowd gathered, Norris said.

″We agreed to help, although we didn’t think it would be such a big deal,″ Norris said today. ″I think we went a little too far in cooperating, and we won’t be doing this again.″

When contacted by The Associated Press late Monday, Ms. Dakos and Bee had given no indication that the incident was pre-arranged.

When Bee left with the officer, he was replaced by disc jockey Bill Madison, who dedicated the song to him and played it one last time.

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