Big storm on the air­waves

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

The owner of a not-for-profit ra­dio sta­tion broad­cast­ing from Pa­pakowhai be­lieves he is fac­ing cy­ber­bul­ly­ing from a mys­tery man bent on delet­ing the sta­tion’s Wikipedia pro­file.

Patrick Bren­nan, who runs indie sta­tion and­How.FM from his home, is con­tact­ing po­lice in New Zealand and the United States af­ter a week of at­tacks from a man called Van­der Wal­lace.

Mr Wal­lace, lo­ca­tion un­known, has at­tacked the ac­cu­racy of Mr Bren­nan’s lis­ten­er­ship sta­tis­tics on Wikipedia, and has asked Wikipedia to delete the page al­to­gether.

Mr Wal­lace ar­gues that and­How.FM has just one to three lis­ten­ers at any one time, whereas Mr Bren­nan claims to have no fewer than 12, pro­vid­ing data from his server to sup­port this.

Mr Wal­lace has also con­tacted me­dia out­lets which have in­ter­viewed Mr Bren­nan, in­clud­ing Kapi-Mana News and Ra­dio New Zealand, say­ing Mr Bren­nan’s fig­ures are fraud­u­lent. Mr Bren­nan had used news ar­ti­cles fea­tur­ing his sta­tion as ref­er­ences for his Wikipedia page.

Mr Wal­lace ap­peared to doubt the news out­lets were le­git­i­mate, how­ever, call­ing them in his Wikipedia com­plaint ‘‘ pro­mo­tional un­ver­i­fied on­line news sources that will print any­thing any­one sends them’’.

‘‘Peo­ple like [Mr Bren­nan] give the in­dus­try, as a whole, a bad name and I do not ap­pre­ci­ate their lies, or the way they take ad­van­tage of good peo­ple’s ig­no­rance of the sub­ject of ra­dio,’’ Mr Wal­lace says.

Mr Bren­nan says he used news ar­ti­cles as sources on Wikipedia to meet the web­site’s cri­te­ria.

‘‘I was try­ing to get ev­ery­thing fac­tual and I put all the in­ter­views there to back up what I said.’’

and­How. FM is li­censed, has been in­spected by li­cens­ing au­thor­i­ties, and has a thriv­ing lis­ten­er­ship, Mr Bren­nan says.

‘‘I’ve just quadru­pled band­width to ac­com­mo­date 200 lis­ten­ers.’’

Mr Bren­nan says he has no idea who Van­der Wal­lace is, or why he has it in for the sta­tion.

‘‘I just think it’s silly. It’s just got to the point where it’s re­ally frus­trat­ing to keep this Wikipedia page,’’ he said. ‘‘He just seems like a real w--ker, ac­tu­ally.’’

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