CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A local radio station is performing damage control after an on-air guest called for the release of a murder suspect.
During a live interview on 99.3 The Box Thursday, a local rapper claimed claimed De’Andre Murphy is wrongfully accused for the murder of Eric Brantley, a Park Circle bartender.
Family of the victim and those that knew Brantley were offended by the remarks. More than 100 people wrote on the radio station’s Facebook page, calling for an apology and the termination of radio staff involved.
“There was no respect for the man’s family or his friends or the fact that he was someone’s brother or friend,” said a woman who knew Brantley but wanted to remain anonymous.
Friday at 2 p.m. on 99.3 FM, a DJ issued an apology on air, saying in part: “Nothing people say or do on 99.3 The Box reflects the views or opinions of this company and nobody feels worse about yesterday’s mishap than I do.”
The DJ also claimed that at the time nobody in the company knew what the guest was referencing or what the issue was.
Going forward, 99.3 says they will no longer allow local musicians trying to break through to appear live on their air unless they have chart topping music.