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DJ plays Last Christmas 24 times in a row

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An Austrian radio station has punished its DJ after he locked himself in the studio only to play the song Last Christmas, a hit by British band Wham!, 24 times in a row.

Only when his daughter called the studio to beg him to stop because the song made everyone "mad" did he finish his one-song marathon, according to a YouTube video.

DJ Joe Kohlhofer of Antennae Carinthia began his morning show with the song and then played it on repeat, reported The Telegraph. He also refused to let other staff in after he told his co-host Patricia Jordan that he would be doing the show on his own.

He said he felt people were not getting sufficiently into the Christmas spirit and as a remedy, he intended to play the song non-stop throughout his two-hour show.

The station's programming chief Timm Bodner told Reuters on Wednesday the 27-year-old disc jockey barricaded the studio last Friday with a wooden stick to play the prank on his listeners.

"It was funny but there must be consequences," said Mr Bodner. "As a consequence, he will have to work on Christmas and New Year's Eve."