Both sides have refused to back down in a public spat between the Nanaimo radio station CHLYFM and longtime on-air personality Dave O'Rama.
Police have been called to the radio station three times since Aug. 30, when volunteer broadcaster O'Rama was taken off the air and accused of trespassing.
"I have no intention of bowing down to them. They've not presented me with any valid reasoning for discontinuing my show," said O'Rama.
The host of The Lovecast has been with the station for 11 years and was nominated by staff for a lifetime achievement award in May. CHLY's acting executive director, Greg Boulter, said police were called after O'Rama "forced" his way into the broadcasting booth with as many as 30 people.
Boulter said the programmer had defied a staff request to give up time on his show for a special event and was later instructed not to air The Lovecast until his refusal was dealt with by the station's board of directors.
"They're showing up with a mob of people and violently forcing their way into our studios," said Boulter. "What do you expect is going to happen?" The station's licence to broadcast necessitates a hardline approach to protect the integrity of the booth, he added. Police say they hope the situation can resolve itself without hostilities.
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