David Mueller is back on air. David was the Denver radio DJ who Taylor Swift accused of grabbing her butt. He was fired from his job on Denver radio following the scandal and unsuccessfully sued Taylor for costing him his gig. He was instead found guilty of assault and battery. Now, he’s back on the radio, broadcasting under the name of a Confederate Civil War general.
Stonewall was famously killed in an accidental shooting by his own soldiers, but David’s new boss is confident his new host won’t meet a similar end. After David shot his own career in the foot, Larry Fuss told New York Daily News why he hired the groping pariah. Larry is the CEO of Delta Radio, which owns KIX-92.7, David’s new radio home.
“I sat down with him face-to-face in Minneapolis before I offered him the job and talked to him about it,” Larry explained. “He’s either the world’s best liar, or he’s telling the truth. I tend to believe his version of the story and most people who have talked to him face-to-face do believe his version of the story.”
Larry didn’t discuss the possibility that he’s just gullible, but he did have something to say to any Swifties ready to attack his company or his station online.
“Most of them need to get a life,” he said. “Most of the response I have seen this morning— there’s been quite a few on our Facebook page, and none of it is radio people, none of it is local people in Mississippi. It’s all originating from some Taylor Swift fan group somewhere. They’re telling people to go to this station’s webpage and post negative comments.”
Larry said of the diehard Taylor fans who are devoted to knowing what she’s up to every waking second: “It’s just people who don’t have a clue, or don’t really have any knowledge of the facts.” So how exactly did David get his new job?
“There was something in the trades about Mueller looking for a job, and he said he’d go anywhere and he’d even work for free to get back on the air,” Larry explained. “When I finally talked to him, I said, ‘I don’t expect you to work for free, but I don’t have a budget like a station in Denver does.’ So I told him what I could offer him and he said, ‘That’d be great.'”
Larry also explained that it was his idea to have David adopt his old Colorado DJ handle for his new Southern audience. David has long used the name Jackson on air, but Larry thought it would be wise to add “Stonewall” as a first name to appeal to Mississippi-area fans of the Confederacy. The idea may have been short-lived, though. The Stonewall addition has already been removed from the Delta Radio website page, but not its URL.
What do you think of David going back to work? Is time up for this kind of redemption?
(Photo credit: Taylor Swift YouTube account)