Vacant business blares song on loop for 6 months

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 08:16:36-05

For six months, a song has been on repeat from a vacant Niagara Falls building.

Since last year, businesses and residents on 3rd Street say they've been tormented from 3-11p.m. each night with the University of Iowa fight song, “On Iowa.”

The building, located at 500 3rd Street, is owned by Thunderfalls LLC, a company owned by “Smokin” Joe Anderson. He also owns “Smokin Joes” on Saunders Settlement Road.

7 Eyewitness News spoke to his assistant Tuesday. The assistant would not shed any light on why the song was playing on a loop each night and said Anderson would not be talking about it, but did say that Anderson would be turning it off.

We spoke to Shawn Weber, the owner of a wine store on 3rd Street. He said the song started playing some time in the middle of last summer. He's relieved it's coming to an end.

"We have a patio in the summer that we have a lot of people sitting on and it was really annoying to them. Some people would come inside, some people are confused about it. We've actually had a couple of bad reviews online about the music," Weber said.

Imagine listening to this on a loop, night after night, for the past six months:

Weber said he did reach out to Anderson personally to ask him to stop playing it, but never heard back. He said he had no disagreements with Anderson, so the reason the song was playing may remain a mystery.

According to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, currently, the song isn't violating any city noise ordinance. He said City Council is looking into passing a separate ordinance to address the issue.




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