CD gets bad rap at radio station
Aspiring rap artist Dehaven Alexander was stunned Tuesday to learn that his promotional CD was considered a possible a biohazard by a Carson City radio station.
“What!” Alexander exclaimed from Washington, D.C., by cell phone. “This is the second call I got today on this. Somebody called me from Alabama or somewhere and they called the police and everything.”
KPTL radio station received an envelope from Alexander on Thursday. Inside was a CD, a photograph and a letter asking the station to play the CD.
“The picture was actually soiled on the left-hand corner and it looked like it had been wet. It was from a black artist in Washington, D.C., with no return address on it and we called the Sheriff’s Department. We are an oldies station in the capital of Nevada. We never get CDs from rappers,” said KPTL operations manager Donna Cruz.
Cruz said she was unhappy with the way the Carson City Sheriff’s Department handled the situation at the radio station on Thursday when she initially called about the incident.
“I am an emergency medical technician so I put gloves on and a mask and put (the unopened letter) in a garbage bag,” Cruz said. She said when the deputies arrived they backed away from the bag and said they would have to call a supervisor.
She said she could not believe it when she saw the deputies allow a KPTL employee to open the envelope.
“I was mortified. They should have immediately called hazmat,” she said.
Chief Deputy Scott Burau of the Carson City Sheriff’s Department said on Thursday deputies had no idea how to handle a situation of suspected anthrax. “They are not equipped with gear to handle a biohazard,” he said.
Dustin Booth of the Environmental Health Division said the Sheriff’s Department didn’t receive protocol from his department until Friday evening around 8 p.m.
Cruz said she herself spoke with Alexander, but was still concerned with the appearance of the envelope.
“It had no return address. It just didn’t look right,” she said. Cruz has been feeling a bit under the weather with a sore throat and swollen glands and is concerned there might be a possibility she was exposed somewhere along the line.
“But I am really tring to take the stand if I allow this situation – whoever is responsible, if it’s bin Laden – if I do not conduct myself in the way I would every day, he is winning. I want to go on like I do everyday. What’s it called? Cautiously optimistic,” she said.
Alexander, on the other side of the United States, said he has been feeling a little ill himself.
“And I work for the post office, but I don’t think it’s anthrax. I think I got the flu or something.”
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