A Kevin and Bean Glossary

Unsolved Mysteries

Posted in Legal trouble, Unsolved Mysteries by Aaron Burr on March 9, 2007

On June 13, 1990, the show aired a segment called “Confess Your Crime”, which included a bogus phone call from fellow DJ Doug “The Slug” Roberts as an anonymous listener claiming to have committed murder. The parents of a missing woman believed the fictional caller to be responsible for their daughter’s death leading to a investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and coverage in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. When the truth was revealed, the station was fined by the FCC, billed for the costs of the investigation by the LASD, and sued by the distraught parents. KROQ suspended Kevin, Bean and Roberts for five days without pay, directed each of them to perform 149 hours of community service, and forced them to pay the Sheriff’s bill out of their pockets. The event also became the inspiration behind the movie “Power 98” (1996) starring Eric Roberts.

Though Kevin and Bean don’t talk specifically talk about this incident, clips from their on-air apology (“Everybody’s trying to get ratings”, “There are lines you just don’t cross”), as well as from Unsolved Mysteries host Robert Stack, are occassionally played.


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  1. JC said, on April 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    No wonder you guys don’t do anything cool anymore. F the fcc, I’m still down to taze Beer Mug! BTW, where can I get a clip of that segment?…

  2. Solrac said, on April 28, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    hell yeah lets hear that segment!! must have been hilarious, but suck u guys had to do all that stuff.

  3. JVG said, on May 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I remember listening to that segment when it aired and was floored when I found out the Sheriff’s Department was investigating it. Way ahead of it’s time, K&B. Kudos to you for doing it. But it would be nice to have that posted on the podcasts link.

  4. Mario said, on May 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I remember when this happened and then all the fallout it was crazy. Even though it was bad form by K&B, it was still hilarious. The clip of Robert Stack, saying “Gene Baxter and Kevin Rider are liars.” was priceless, cracks me up every time. It was this event that was the catalist for one of the rules of the Kevin & Bean master plan. “Bold face lie”. It dosen’t matter how bad you are caught or how much evidence someone, (particularly your boss), has against you, the proper way to handle it is to “bold face lie”. If you ever get a chance to watch that episode, it is so worth it.

  5. Megera said, on September 4, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Did the DJ say specifically that he murdered a woman or anything? If not, then the parents shouldn’t be able to sue based on “OMG THIS GUY MURDERED SOMEONE, THEREFORE IT IS OUR DAUGHTER HE MURDERED.” I don’t wanna jump to conclusions, though.

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