Austrian DJ punished for Wham! Christmas song stunt



whamlastchristmasAustrian DJ Joe Kohlhofer will reportedly be forced to work extra hours as a punishment for a recent stunt where he barricaded the door to his studio and played “Last Christmas” by Wham! 24 consecutive times.

Per Uproxx, Kohlhofer barricaded the door with a chair during his 8 a.m. show on Austrian station Antennae Carinthia on Friday and played the song over and over while angry callers and station employees voiced their frustrations in between playings.

“Between each time the song would play, Kohlhofer would take calls from disgruntled listeners and other station employees, convincing them that he’d stop, only before starting the track all over again,” wrote Spencer Linstead of Uproxx. “The reign of festive terror did not cease until the station got his daughter on the line who pleaded with him to stop playing the song after 24 full listens.”

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Per NME, programming chief Timm Bodner said that Kohlhofer’s stunt will result in him having to work extra holiday hours.

“In general, it was funny but there must be consequences,” Bodner said. “As a consequence he will have to work tomorrow on Christmas [Eve] and on New Year’s Eve.”

Here’s a video for the song. Could you make it through 24 straight listens?

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