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MEET DAVID JONATHAN WINKELMAN

Posted in Human Interest by misterroadtripper on September 28, 2010

From THE SMOKING GUN.com/September 27

The Iowa man, 48, was arrested Thursday night by Davenport cops on a warrant for failing to appear in court to answer a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, according to a jail booking sheet.

But enough about Winkelman’s criminal entanglements, it’s his forehead tattoo that is worth further discussion. Winkelman is pictured at right in a mug shot snapped after his bust last week. Winkelman became a human billboard for the radio station KORB in late-2000 after a disc jockey offered listeners a six-figure payout if they tattooed the FM station’s call letters and logo on their forehead. Winkelman and his stepson, Richard Goddard, went to a local tattoo parlor and each emerged with forehead ink promoting “93 Rock,” the “Quad City Rocker.”

Of course, when the men came calling for the cash, station brass explained that the offer was a practical joke, just a wacky radio stunt. Winkelman and his relative sued, claiming that the station sought to have listeners permanently marked so that they “could be publicly scorned and ridiculed for their greed and lack of common good sense.” Within months of the lawsuit’s filing, Winkelman dismissed his complaint against the DJ and Cumulus Broadcasting, KORB’s owner. Goddard’s case was later dismissed by a judge when he failed to appear for court proceedings. Since Winkelman got the tattoo, KORB’s format and call letters have changed. The former hard rock station is now known as KQCS, Star 93.5. The adult contemporary station advertises itself as playing “Today’s Best Variety!”

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  1. Uncle Tim said, on September 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Sharp as a meatball.

  2. world forum said, on September 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    the crime story that you recent here is very interesting. I hope I can get many information and experience from this blog. Thanks.

  3. br said, on September 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

    …and quality work, too!

  4. Anonymous said, on October 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

    What a horrible stunt to pull on someone.

    No matter how silly it is to actually go through with it, I think the radio station should pay him his money.

    He needs it…


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