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    DJ condemned for playing Van Halen's Jump as woman leaps from bridge
    By Daily Mail Reporter
    Last updated at 1:03 PM on 18th January 2010

    A Radio DJ has been condemned by mental health charities after he played the song Jump as police were trying to talk down a suicidal woman from a motorway bridge.

    Steve Penk received a request from a listener for the hit Van Halen track after four lanes of the M60 were closed while police attempted to deal resolve the situation.

    The controversial presenter told listeners on his breakfast show he was playing the song to 'emphathise' with frustrated drivers, but moments later the woman jumped from the 30ft bridge.

    DJ Steve Penk played the Van Halen hit Jump to 'empathise' with motorists after the M60 was shut while police attempted to talk down a suicidal woman

    The 30-year-old woman suffered minor injuries, but mental heath charities branded his behaviour on 96.2FM The Revolution 'in very poor taste'.
    Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: 'Given the distressing circumstances, the decision to play "Jump" was highly insensitive and in very poor taste.

    'Media have a responsibility for their audience and jovialising such a situation could be fatal. 'People that experience mental distress should be encouraged to speak out and seek help. 'Yet the huge stigma that surrounds mental health means that many feel they have to cope on their own, with potentially tragic consequences.' A spokesman for The Samaritans added: 'It shows a lack of compassion and understanding.'

    Some listeners also voiced their anger at Mr Penk.

    Lorna Guinn, 42, said: 'It's irresponsible - this woman could have overheard it on someone's car stereo. 'I found it pathetic and nasty.'

    Mr Penk, who owns the radio station in the north west, has become renowned for making prank calls live on air. He told The Sun: 'The entire area had been thrown into total chaos by a single troubled woman. 'I was very sorry to hear that the lady had subsequently jumped from the bridge, but relieved that her injuries were minor. 'If, as has been suggested, the woman jumped because she heard it from a passing car radio that's unfortunate.
    'But I don't regret playing it for a minute.'

    In 1998, Mr Penk and impressionist John Culshaw managed to dupe the switchboard at Number 10 and were put through to then Prime Minister Tony Blair pretending to be opposition leader William Hague.


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    This story is really picking up steam across the UK media. Typical, the band get minimal publicity over here for years, and now its all negative which the band arent even involved with.

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    If memory serves, Dave wrote the song in regards to someone holding up traffic under the same circumstances, correct?

    Then the song was played as originally intended by the song writer.

    Listen, if someone is going to kill themselves becomes someone plays the song Jump!, then they are going to off themselves one way or the other anyway. That is like trying to blame the Beatles for Charles Manson.

    Though I have heard Jump! so many times that it almost makes me want to commit suicide every time I hear it.
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    Only minor injuries so it sounds like she's ok.
    Luckily he wasn't playing Skyscraper.
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    Not the first time jump has been used for something like this sadly. I remember a few years back when some duchbag made a video of people falling from the twin towers on 911 to jump. That was 1000 times worse. This still sucks though. Fuck that DJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffc12 View Post
    I remember a few years back when some duchbag made a video
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post

    Though I have heard Jump! so many times that it almost makes me want to commit suicide every time I hear it.

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    Give me a break. They are using this DJ as a scapegoat. Had he played the song on the radio and encouraged people to go and jump then maybe he should take some heat. I am pretty sure this woman went to the overpass herself. This is yet another example of people not being responsible for their own actions. Why there always needs to be a scapegoat is beyond me. My opinion of course.
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    This scenario has created some weird press for VH. I'm expecting Janie's response any time now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOM_5150 View Post
    This scenario has created some weird press for VH. I'm expecting Janie's response any time now.
    Good luck with that!

    Any press is good press, even if it's bad. Van Halen won't give two hoots about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetguy5150 View Post
    Give me a break. They are using this DJ as a scapegoat. Had he played the song on the radio and encouraged people to go and jump then maybe he should take some heat. I am pretty sure this woman went to the overpass herself. This is yet another example of people not being responsible for their own actions. Why there always needs to be a scapegoat is beyond me. My opinion of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetguy5150 View Post
    Give me a break. They are using this DJ as a scapegoat. Had he played the song on the radio and encouraged people to go and jump then maybe he should take some heat. I am pretty sure this woman went to the overpass herself. This is yet another example of people not being responsible for their own actions. Why there always needs to be a scapegoat is beyond me. My opinion of course.
    I don't think they're using him as a scapegoat. I didn't read that they are blaming him for causing her to jump...I think they're blaming him for being a piece of shit human being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOMBER View Post
    Only minor injuries so it sounds like she's ok.
    Luckily he wasn't playing Skyscraper.
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    Textbook synicism from the Daily Mail there. An awful, awful publication.
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