A rather strange bit of news has leaked out today about a radio station in California. In 2007, Jennifer Lea Strange died after participating in “Hold Your Wee For A Wii,” a contest held by the Morning Rave show on KDND in Sacramento that required contestants to drink as much water as possible without urinating, in order to win a Nintendo Wii console. The management and crew of Morning Rave were fired, and $16,577,188 in damages were eventually awarded against the station in a lawsuit, but no further ramifications took place. Now, KDND may lose their broadcast license, as media watchdog groups The Sacramento Media Group and Media Action Center are bringing legal action to the US Federal Communications Commission to block the renewal of the license.
Before the contest was held in 2007, a nurse phoned into the station to warn that contestants could die from water contamination, however, the station’s hosts responded with laughter and joked about the possibility. Several contestants vomited during the event, with Strange dropping out and going home, only to die several hours later. In 2009, Sue Wilson, founder of the Media Action Center and a vocal critic of KDND, produced a documentary about the entire incident called “Broadcast Blues”, and remains indignant, going on record as saying “In that contest, a woman died, [yet] the Federal Communications Commission has not acted in any way.”
The deadline to appeal KDND’s license is November 1st.