Thursday, October 25, 2007

More Live Radio

From the fall fundraising season.

A station is pitching a dollar for dollar match from Joe Smith (name has been changed for this story). The announcers are talking about how generous Joe is, how he loves the station, and how he wants you (the listener) to enjoy the classical music he enjoys. He will part with some of his money as a way of encouraging you to pledge now.

About 20 minutes into the hour, someone hands the announcers a corrected script. It reads, "this match is being offered in memory of Joe Smith."

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2 Comments:

Anonymous man who thinks this is funniest thing he's heard all month said...

Oh. My. God.

There's just too much comic potential here to not cross the line with it.

Did Joe threaten to kill himself if they didn't make the quarter-hour goal? If he had, would that have improved the three-quarters-hour goal numbers?

If Joe was dead before the hour began, does that mean that even death cannot separate you from public radio pledge drives? They're going to find you no matter what, and you WILL make a pledge to get that damn tote bag.

Hell, this could mean that public radio transcends life and death! You might not get your FAVORITE radio station in heaven, but at least you can still hear Car Talk. That's a fair trade.

If I laugh any harder I'm going to drop my laptop here...I better stop... :-)

Seriously though, how did the station run with it? One would think you could get a LOT of mileage out of the comedic angle and making people laugh would help erase the contempt for such a huge screwup. Of course, you're probably going to offend Joe's loved ones who are still among us, but who cares about them? They've already donated the money, right? ;-)

2:35 PM  
Anonymous man who thinks this is funniest thing he's heard all month said...

Oh wait, I forgot one: "NPR - Even brainless zombies think it's the smartest radio out there!"

ROTFLOL!!!

Brraaaainnnsss....brraaaaaainsss....tooooote baaaaagsss...

2:38 PM  

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