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Story Behind Resignation Of WHFS Jock More Tragic Than Lurid
The fact that these are the dog days of August is the only way to explain the media frenzy surrounding the bizarre, Kafkaesque tale of WHFS D.C. afternoon DJ Johnny Riggs, who resigned from the station last week.

The tale begins, as most do, with eBay. Riggs, like all of us, wanted to get buff. So he bid on and won what he thought were perfectly legal, fat-burning, muscle-building supplements. What he ended up with was anabolic steroids from Thailand. The Feds, who track that sort of stuff, sent the police to Riggs house. Since he felt he had nothing to hide, he let them search his house.

The cops found tiny traces of drugs in a long-discarded bottle and took his computer, which contained e-mail and files from his listeners, many of which he hadn't even opened. Among the hitsdailydouble.com spam, cops found pictures on his hard drive that listeners had sent to Riggs. They were still zipped, but not deleted. The problem was they contained kiddie pornography. Hey, we know what you're thinking, "How did Gary Glitter get his e-mail address?"

Riggs then hired a lawyer, who advised him to keep quiet at work about the whole incident and to cop a plea to the child porn charge that gave him two years probation.

While he was at the courthouse, a reporter recognized Riggs and called a local news radio station, which aired the story. The disc jockey's co-workers found out about the case when journalists called for comment and a story ran in the Washington Post. Other trade publications saw the salacious details and printed what passed for the facts: "Afternoon jock on influential PoMo station charged with possessing child pornography."

Faced with an impossible situation, Riggs chose to resign with the following letter:

It is with much regret, a heavy heart, and a bit of shame that I find myself tendering my resignation. In the last eight years, I have given much of my life and soul to my friends at WHFS. I will miss every co-worker, every HFStival, and every listener who granted me a few minutes of his or her TSL.

In what is a sad and unfortunate series of events, I got into a mix-up with the law. From a very popular auction site that will go unnamed in this letter, I ordered fat-burning, muscle-burning pills that turned out to be anabolic steroids from Thailand. When the police showed up at my door and wanted to search, I felt completely innocent and welcomed them. They found empty vials with microscopic traces of drugs that I haven't done for years, and pictures on my hard drive that were never wanted by me, or meant to be stored. Files I had unzipped that were stored in my computer without me even seeing all of them.

I understand the difficulties of an entity like WHFS in standing up to the public relations nightmare that this must be, and want to make this easier for everyone involved.

I will continue to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, and I thank everyone who has helped me out thus far. I feel misunderstood and overwhelmed by the maelstrom of press that is happening at the moment, and can only hope that my words are heard by a few people. I hope that you have faith enough in me to realize that I am the person you always thought I was, and not the scary person reflected by the State's charges. I will miss you all very, very much.

Johnny Riggs

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