I wonder if station security has improved since then. Larry Mantle at KPCC in Pasadena says it has:
I don't know what's happening at other talk stations, but KPCC's level of security seems good to me. When I started in radio there wasn't any security. Anyone could have walked right in while we were live on the air.
Over the years, our security improved, but it took a real jump when we moved into our new building three years ago. Employees are required to wear photo ID badges and doors are well-secured.
I also think talk radio has changed. Hosts like Alan Berg and Joe Pyne seem harder to find these days. You don't hear a lot of berating of listeners and name-calling like you did in the past. That's probably lowered the risk of listeners acting against hosts.
Agreed. But, be careful out there.
This is also a radio story. Berg was on a 50,000 flamethrower and his assassins -- The Order -- were on a cruddy daytime AM station near Loveland, just north of Denver. Hear it all in the clip:
Audio courtesy of KUNC, Greeley, CBS 60 Minutes & Ken's Private Collection