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Old 05-25-2020, 11:24 PM   #76
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As far as KROQ is concerned, if we can say with some confidence the average joe--especially in that pre-internet era--generally had no idea how staged radio shows can be, I don't understand how we would expect your average detective to know either, unless he or she had that knowledge or experience.

I disagree totally about the police's culpability. They're supposed to follow leads and they simply don't know what they don't know. Sure, it's their responsibility to educate themselves reasonably on a topic if it's relevant to the investigation, but those little sh-ts didn't exactly help them out there, did they?

It's Ryder and Baxter's responsibility for that mess, not the cops'.
Indeed. And it's not like the investigators immediately phoned Angela Cummings' mother and said, "we got our guy!" It was a proceed with caution moment that somebody had confessed to a murder and we're going to check it out. It was going to get big publicity in the area so she would have heard about the "confession" regardless.

I think featuring Angela's mother in the update was a brilliant move by the UM producers because it gave a face to a grieving parent who was given false hope by these two tool bags. Seeing the person is so much more powerful than hearing about them.
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I love this thread and the comments about “fake radio” stories made me think about an incident when I was working at a small town radio station back in the late 80’s. The station never had much a promotions budget so our contest prizes were usually limited to free fast food coupons. One summer, we got to be part of a national record label promotion with some very nice grand prizes. Our station was able to offer one lucky listener a trip for two to a big music festival in California. Airfare and hotel accommodations were included and everyone at work was really excited about it. Drop boxes were located in several sponsor locations around town, including a local farm implement store. We scheduled the announcement of the big winner for 5:00 on a Friday afternoon and everyone on staff gathered in the front office to listen to the phone call as it was being broadcast on the air. Unfortunately, the decision was made to call the winner live rather than tape the call to play back later. An elderly woman answered the phone and had no idea her husband had entered the contest. Apparently, he thought he was signing up for some tractor tires. The announcer tried his best to explain about the contest and what a wonderful prize it was, but the poor woman, who didn't listen to the station, got scared and started crying. What could have been a golden moment turned into a nightmare. No way to go back and do any editing. An alternate winner was eventually chosen and the contest was never mentioned again. Thanks for indulging me on this. I hope it brightened your afternoon.
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I love this thread and the comments about “fake radio” stories made me think about an incident when I was working at a small town radio station back in the late 80’s. The station never had much a promotions budget so our contest prizes were usually limited to free fast food coupons. One summer, we got to be part of a national record label promotion with some very nice grand prizes. Our station was able to offer one lucky listener a trip for two to a big music festival in California. Airfare and hotel accommodations were included and everyone at work was really excited about it. Drop boxes were located in several sponsor locations around town, including a local farm implement store. We scheduled the announcement of the big winner for 5:00 on a Friday afternoon and everyone on staff gathered in the front office to listen to the phone call as it was being broadcast on the air. Unfortunately, the decision was made to call the winner live rather than tape the call to play back later. An elderly woman answered the phone and had no idea her husband had entered the contest. Apparently, he thought he was signing up for some tractor tires. The announcer tried his best to explain about the contest and what a wonderful prize it was, but the poor woman, who didn't listen to the station, got scared and started crying. What could have been a golden moment turned into a nightmare. No way to go back and do any editing. An alternate winner was eventually chosen and the contest was never mentioned again. Thanks for indulging me on this. I hope it brightened your afternoon.
This is pretty funny, tbh.
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