11Alive’s Crash Clark apologizes for inadvertent cursing on air

Originally posted Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

11Alive traffic reporter Christopher “Crash” Clark accidentally uttered a curse word on air during a local traffic/weather cut in of “The Today Show” at 7:58 a.m. this morning.

Clark, who has been at the station five years, apologized on air and posted a video on Facebook. (You can see the video on my Facebook post if you scroll down the comments. A reader was nice enough to post it.)

“I accidentally used inappropriate language on the air,” a somber Clark said. “While I wasn’t aware my microphone was on, that doesn’t excuse my language. I am truly sorry for my inadvertent mistake.”

I haven’t heard from general manager John Deushane or Clark himself yet but will update if I do. 
Clark has been a major glue on the 11Alive Morning Rush, playing the lovable, goofy traffic guy to meteorologist Chesley McNeil’s more measured persona. 

He is an unusual radio personality who was able to transfer smoothly onto TV. He worked at V-103, Dave FM, Q100 and most famously, 99X during its heyday. 

Indeed, during his younger, wilder days, Clark was fired and suspended (and re-hired) multiple times when he was a radio traffic reporter and morning show sidekick at 99X in the 1990s and early 2000s for far worse transgressions. 

Also, while at Fox 5 on Friday to see Dick Williams after he taped his final episode of “The Georgia Gang,” I came across this hilarious sign in the men’s restroom. It appears to be more of a reminder for air staff to turn their microphones back on after going to the bathroom since it’s on the door on the way out. 

In a Fox 5 bathroom, clearly targeting air staff who might be running in during commercial breaks...
Photo: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.