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A controversial Tweet has given 107.7 The End reason to apologize to their followers.
UPDATE: The End's program director responds. Details after the jump.

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107.7 The End's Religious Profiling Twitter Post

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A controversial Tweet has given 107.7 The End reason to apologize to their followers.
UPDATE: The End's program director responds. Details after the jump.

Yesterday, at 3:43 PM, someone logged on to alternative radio station 107.7 The End's Twitter account and posted this:

"Not all Muslims are terrorists--but nearly all terrorists are Muslims. Time to accept profiling America."
The Twitterer then stuck around for the next two hours, defending his/her thoughts to some of The End's followers, before finally signing off:
"Cee ya. Until I get my own show."

By morning the comments had been deleted. In their place was this apology:

We abhor last nights twitter hacking. The End brand in no way condones the comments and apologizes. Pswrd & security measures changed.
It's an interesting mea culpa. Especially since it brings up more questions than it answers.

As TechFlash reports, most of The End's senior staff is on vacation this week. And they have a yet-unanswered call into 107.7's ownership group Entercom attempting to parse the meaning of the word "hack."

Was it someone outside the radio station? Or was it an employee? And if so, who was it and what actions, if any, are being taken against them?

It's not as if this is a highly serious legal matter. It's just that, while 107.7's Twitter feed has expressed non-musical opinions before, this is the first time they've really gone after something so politically charged. And as social media blogger Kristy Bolsinger points out, the station's apology doesn't pass the smell test:

So. You were hacked. Really? REALLY? I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I actually believe this. If I am wrong, then I will be eating crow later and that's fine. It is what it is. I will say that everything about this feels wrong. Even if they were hacked I would expect to have heard something about it on their radio show this morning. Nope. I would have expected to see an apology on their blog. Nope.
I've left two messages and an e-mail with employees at the station. I'll let you know what they say.

UPDATE: In an e-mail, program director Mark Kaplan confirms that the Twitter account was hacked.

We feel someone on the outside either grabbed an account left open or gained access to the password.

We've taken a few extra precautions (changing passcode, immediate activity alerts) to hopefully blunt any attack like this again. If we learned one thing it's to eavesdrop more frequently during specialty pre-recorded programming between the holidays, weekends, etc.

I think the incredulousness of people like Bolsinger is a result of not understanding what a radio station looks like over the holidays. I don't say that to imply that I know. But I just talked to an employee who said they hadn't checked their e-mail in two weeks. Ya know, because that's not something you do when you're on an actual vacation.

It sounds like stations like 107.7 go on auto-pilot around Christmas to give their workers a break. Which means, if Kaplan is telling the truth, the unfortunate side-effect of this little incident is that those same people may not enjoy the same amount of off-the-grid living they could during past holiday seasons. Which just...sucks.

 
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