Stranger danger looms over the lives of local female broadcasters like a dark unknown.
“There is a reason we have a gate with barbed wire around the station,” one broadcaster said.
Almost every woman working in local radio and television that I contacted had a tale or two of being stalked or harassed by overzealous listeners.
“Stalking is a huge concern for many females in the business, especially cyberstalking since social media makes so much information available,” said one broadcaster.
“I’ve been lucky enough not to have to deal with it, though it is still scary going into work at 2 or 3 a.m. or leaving work at 11 p.m. and not knowing who may be waiting.”
One female DJ told of having a female stalker “ who was sure I was dating her boyfriend and broke into” the radio station to confront her. “I was too young or stupid to think ‘Hey. this could have been a real problem.’ Now I’d be ‘Bitch, I’ll kick your butt.’
“Back then I was ‘Hey have a nice day. Let me know if I can play a song for you.’ ”
For some local broadcasters however it was so serious a problem they had to seek restraining orders.
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