Monday 19 August 2019

98FM DJ Adrian Kennedy 'visibly shaken' after he receives 'disgusting, vile' text threatening wife and children

Radio show host Adrian Kennedy Photo: Steve Humphreys
Radio show host Adrian Kennedy Photo: Steve Humphreys
Adrian Kennedy and Jeremy Dixon present Dublin Talks on 98FM
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Dublin DJ Adrian Kennedy was left 'visibly shaken' after someone sent a disturbing text to his morning show.

The vile text included threats to harm his wife and children.

Adrian has two children from his first marriage, Sean (23) and Laura (19), and he said he hoped his other half, Linda Byrne, was not listening to the details of the threat.

The text was sent during 98FM's Dublin Talks radio show, co-hosted by Adrian and Jeremy Dixon, on Wednesday morning. 

Addressing the texter on air, Adrian said, "We will be forwarding your text message on to the gardaí because your text is the most vile text I've ever, ever received while doing a radio programme in Dublin. I'm shocked."

Audibly upset he continued, "I am horrified that somebody would send in a message like that to me.  I'm just here doing a bloody job.  How dare you send a message like that in while I'm trying to do a live radio programme?"

The show went to an unscheduled ad break to give Adrian, who said he was shaking, time to compose himself.

On his return, the show had received a second text from the phone, and the listener claimed his work colleagues had sent the threatening text on his work phone, which he had left with them in a van.

"I am the owner Adrian and I'm sorry," read the text.  "This is my work phone and I'm really sorry that that scumbag that sent it.  I sent him home.  I'm so sorry.  This is my work phone. How dare he find it funny, then knock my phone off.  I'm really sorry."

The owner of the phone came on air to reiterate what he had said, adding, "I apologise.  I listen to you all the time. That message they sent was sick".  However, Dixon said he did not believe his "story".

In a statement 98FM said, "We have been in contact with the Gardai at Pearse Street.

"98FM management would like to point out that they take the safety of all their employees very seriously."

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