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Cambridge man charged with making threatening calls to 'Dennis & Callahan' show
By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
A 57-year-old Cambridge man is facing five charges after allegedly making a series of obscene and threatening phone calls to WEEI-AM's "Dennis & Callahan" radio show.
David Banner was charged in Brighton Municipal Court Tuesday with two counts of criminal harassment, two counts of threats to commit a crime, and a single count of making annoying phone calls.
Banner was released on $1,000 cash bail. Judge David T. Donnelly ordered him to have no contact with any of the victims and not to call any radio station in Boston, Suffolk County prosecutors said.
"If someone finds a radio show that upsetting, the appropriate response is to change the channel," District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today in a statement. "Instead, we have here a pattern of extremely vulgar and, frankly, bizarre phone calls that rise to the level of criminal behavior."
Banner allegedly made the four calls in October and November. Two were made during times the show was off the air; two were made while the show was on the air. None of the calls were broadcast. All of them were recorded. The calls were fielded by both "radio show hosts and station executives," said district attorney's spokesman Jake Wark.
In an Oct. 29 call, Banner allegedly threatened to kick a radio station employee in the teeth. In a Nov. 4 call, he allegedly told a station employee, "Die, you son of a [expletive]." In another Nov. 4 call, he allegedly said, "That would be my wish for you to [expletive] die."
“Calls such as these, which repreatedly use foul language in a manner that would cause any reasonable person distress, are against the law,” said Wark. “The harassment and annoying phone calls statutes specifically address the conduct we see here.”
“The matter is being handled by the Suffolk district attorney’s office and we are confident that it will be handled appropriately," Entercom Communications, which owns the radio station, said in a statement.
Banner's attorney, Adam Narris, didn't immediately have a comment on the case. Banner was ordered to return to court on Feb. 19.