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Radio stunt (WKLQ-FM, Grand Rapids, MI) has folks howling in anger (drowning dog hoax)
The Grand Rapids Press (MI) ^ | Friday, August 12, 2005 | By Barton Deiters and John Sinkevics

Posted on 08/13/2005 12:51:02 PM PDT by leftcoaster

GRAND RAPIDS -- Cruel hoax or just plain cruel?

A local radio show host's announcement that he planned to drown a dog today -- purportedly to draw attention to this week's drownings of two children -- turned out to be a hoax, but still drew the ire of police and dog lovers.

Callers flooded 911 dispatch centers with complaints before the stunt was unveiled as a publicity put-on.

WKLQ-FM morning show hosts at 8 a.m. aired sound effects that were supposed to sound like a dog being drowned at a nearby park. Disc jockeys then admitted the effort was a ruse, saying it was intended to raise awareness of recent child drownings.

Police say the hoax was insensitive to families of the drowning victims.

"I realize they do their stunts for ratings, but this one has gone too far," Grand Rapids Lt. Vincent Reilly said, noting he believes it is inappropriate to compare a purposeful drowning of a dog to a loss of human life.

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: dog; drowning; grandrapids; radio; stunt; wklq
There were two drownings of kids in two days, so these guys claimed they were "raising awareness" of the dangers of drowning. Gee, what great minds we have on the airwaves...
1 posted on 08/13/2005 12:51:04 PM PDT by leftcoaster
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To: leftcoaster

As god is my witness i thought turkeys could fly


2 posted on 08/13/2005 12:51:51 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: leftcoaster
Talk about stupidity...


3 posted on 08/13/2005 12:53:34 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: al baby

That is the greatest punchline in television history.


4 posted on 08/13/2005 12:53:42 PM PDT by wolfpat (dum vivimus, vivamus)
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To: al baby

5 posted on 08/13/2005 12:55:18 PM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred")
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To: leftcoaster

"Raising Awareness"--the modern-day battle cry of the scoundrel and idiot alike.


6 posted on 08/13/2005 12:55:38 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: leftcoaster
A few years ago a local radio host ran a similar ficticious scenario in which a local pet store owner had run out of rats to feed his pet boa, and so was going to feed them a couple of boxer puppies that hadn't sold.

You can't imagine the outrage - the cops were liternally banging on the door of the radio room.

7 posted on 08/13/2005 1:03:05 PM PDT by The Duke (You want fries with that?)
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To: randog

Well, if it's for awareness ...


8 posted on 08/13/2005 1:03:09 PM PDT by Generic_Login_1787
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To: wolfpat

Police say the hoax was insensitive to families of the drowning victims


What about the dogs that were listening in pure horror


9 posted on 08/13/2005 1:03:26 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: SIDENET
The Red X!
Click the Pic J

10 posted on 08/13/2005 1:04:58 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: al baby

What kind of imbecile would believe something like the radio station was promoting? Must be the same voters that voted for John Kerry....


11 posted on 08/13/2005 1:05:16 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: All

C'mon - who could possibly think this was ever NOT a hoax, be serious - does anyone really think a radio show host would ever purposely drown a dog and announce he was doing so? Do people use their brains at all? It may have been in poor taste - but I am much more concerned that people are so stupid they actually took it as fact...


12 posted on 08/13/2005 1:06:19 PM PDT by Alright_on_the_LeftCoast
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To: leftcoaster

Ted Kennedy is strangly silent on this issue


13 posted on 08/13/2005 1:06:55 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: al baby

The one Boortz did with the sky divers throwing cats out of the planes and then diving to catch them was a hoot!
Irate felinatics were calling in, threatening to burn the
station!


14 posted on 08/13/2005 1:07:33 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: al baby
What about the dogs that were listening in pure horror
NO KIDDING!

(Shades of 'The Far Side' come to mind.)

15 posted on 08/13/2005 1:07:44 PM PDT by _Jim (Listening 28.400 MHz USB most every day now ...)
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To: Fiddlstix

LOL! The Nessman pic is intermittent (at best) on my computer.


16 posted on 08/13/2005 1:08:13 PM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred")
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To: Alright_on_the_LeftCoast

I think there was a long thread here about it, someone bought into the story...


17 posted on 08/13/2005 1:08:30 PM PDT by dakine
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To: tet68

Yo know why they don't let the Blind skydive?



Scares the poop out of the dogs


18 posted on 08/13/2005 1:08:48 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: Alright_on_the_LeftCoast

I'm reminded of a "mourning mother" at the center of a media circus. Killing her dead son daily.


19 posted on 08/13/2005 1:09:12 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: al baby

Now there's a drowning expert.


20 posted on 08/13/2005 1:09:20 PM PDT by pipecorp (Let's have a CRUSADE! , the muslim half has already started. ps. I need more cowbell!)
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To: SIDENET

so was less nesman


21 posted on 08/13/2005 1:09:41 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: leftcoaster

Is this any worse than Rush's classic "Caller Abortion" ?

Sometimes you've got to get bizarre to cut through the clutter and get people's attention.

I don't know about the DJs in question but sometimes it ISN'T just about ratings and revenues.


22 posted on 08/13/2005 1:10:43 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: leftcoaster

There was a panicked vanity about this yesterday.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1461890/posts


23 posted on 08/13/2005 1:12:42 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: leftcoaster

...Did these dj's break the law? Why was law enforcment called? Seems that is was a waste of tax money for nothing???


24 posted on 08/13/2005 1:12:43 PM PDT by gargoyle (...Let them talk, I'll loan them a soapbox, and a shovel to dig their own grave...)
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To: al baby

"As god is my witness i thought turkeys could fly"


Only a capital-G God is worth anything as a witness....

And wild turkeys can fly, ask any hunter.

But go on with your story ;^)

Cheers.


25 posted on 08/13/2005 1:13:50 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: SIDENET
JAN OR LONI ?


26 posted on 08/13/2005 1:14:06 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: al baby

With Sirius satellite radio none of this happens.


27 posted on 08/13/2005 1:14:16 PM PDT by Creightongrad
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To: leftcoaster

I wonder how much awareness would be raised if a litter was intentionally aborted...


28 posted on 08/13/2005 1:18:21 PM PDT by Libloather (Just my luck - Hillary is the smartest person in the Milky Way - and picked MY planet to seek power)
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To: SIDENET

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."


29 posted on 08/13/2005 1:22:16 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: Blurblogger

What are you my mother ?
Don't worry about the capitol G God has forgivin me.
Well I guess that Les Nessman got ones that were not that wild
It was WKRP not Cheers


30 posted on 08/13/2005 1:23:44 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: Creightongrad

DJs lied; no doggies died.


31 posted on 08/13/2005 1:26:44 PM PDT by Ilky Hucktar
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To: al baby

Give me Bailey Quarters anyday!


32 posted on 08/13/2005 1:29:12 PM PDT by mwyounce
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To: al baby

Actually they do allow people who are blind to skydive - they take their dog along and when the line goes slack, they pull the ripcord ....


33 posted on 08/13/2005 1:31:54 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("It Is Better To Have Loved And Lost Than To Be Married To A Psycho For The Rest Of Your Life")
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To: SkyDancer

Well at least you don't have to tell them not to look down


34 posted on 08/13/2005 1:33:34 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: al baby

Al, it irreverent to use God's name as casually as that.

I'm Protestant -- the Jewish people have such reverence that they spell it G-d.

I'm forgiven too, for my own many shortcomings.

Cheers.


35 posted on 08/13/2005 1:37:53 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: al baby

I think they wear darkened goggles (the dogs that is) ....


36 posted on 08/13/2005 1:39:37 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("It Is Better To Have Loved And Lost Than To Be Married To A Psycho For The Rest Of Your Life")
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To: al baby

Bailey, no question.


37 posted on 08/13/2005 1:53:52 PM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred")
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To: Alright_on_the_LeftCoast
Do people use their brains at all? It may have been in poor taste - but I am much more concerned that people are so stupid they actually took it as fact...

All I have to say on the subject is "War of the Worlds" 1930s radio version. People fell hook line and sinker. Some people, too damn many, will believe anything they hear on radio or TV, and in some cases, the movies.

38 posted on 08/13/2005 1:58:19 PM PDT by calex59 (If you have to take me apart to get me there, then I don't want to go!)
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To: calex59

"War of the Worlds" was a play, and was not claimed to be anything different. Note that it was aired during a time when fear of foreign invaision of the East coast was a concern, which can partially explain the panic of some.

This particular radio stunt was played out seriously until the very end by the on-air voices. I did not hear the actual broadcast, but did see the TV coverage Thursday night about the public reaction and pressure on the station. The radio station did not make any announcements in response to the inquiries from the news media.

Also remember, when you start that "people are dumb enough to believe anything these days" argument that the same observation can be applied to those "personalities" that are hired by radio stations. I was skeptical that a puppy drowning would actually take place, but then, ya never know how dumb these radio DJs really are nowadays.

They are still being dishonest by claiming it was "for the kids" when it really was for their own publicity.


39 posted on 08/13/2005 2:10:10 PM PDT by leftcoaster
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To: Blurblogger
Al, it irreverent to use God's name as casually as that.

Only if you are a Christian. Some people are not and to them god is just another word. If you wish to practice your religion feel free to do so, but don't try to preach to others please. The man was merely repeating a well known phrase from the Cinninatti WKRP sitcom, it was extremely funny episode and of course wild turkeys can fly. If you find the lower case g on god abjectionable please feel free not to read any post that contains it.

40 posted on 08/13/2005 2:11:51 PM PDT by calex59 (If you have to take me apart to get me there, then I don't want to go!)
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To: calex59
Yes, he was quoting a phrase that was extremely funny in the context of a TV sitcom; they were his own words. Just as I would hope I would not be criticised for using profanity if I happened to quote Clark Gable's final lines in Gone with the Wind. "Frankly, my Dear Scarlet,..."
41 posted on 08/13/2005 2:16:09 PM PDT by leftcoaster
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To: leftcoaster

They were NOT his own words. (They were a quote.)
Sorry for the oops.


42 posted on 08/13/2005 2:17:16 PM PDT by leftcoaster
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To: leftcoaster

The people in that area were more outraged at the "death" of an animal over the death of Human Beings - typical liberal idiocy.


43 posted on 08/13/2005 2:35:02 PM PDT by hombre_sincero
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To: hombre_sincero
"The people in that area were more outraged at the "death" of an animal over the death of Human Beings - typical liberal idiocy."

That is not the case at all.

Two kids drown in successive days at different beaches. It is covered properly IMO by the local media.

Now comes a radio station that predicts on-air Wednesday or Thursday (not sure which day) that on Friday morning it will drown a dog live(dead?) on-air at 8:00 A.M.

The public outcry was in advance of the announced Friday drowning in order to stop it from happening. Do you really think there would have been less of an outcry if they had announced in advance that they were going to drown another kid? Of course not.

44 posted on 08/13/2005 2:57:18 PM PDT by leftcoaster
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To: Blurblogger
I'm Protestant -- the Jewish people have such reverence that they spell it G-d.

And on another front, some Conservatives show such reverence that they spell it "Pr-s-d-nt". Some people just can't distinguish a title or office from a name.

45 posted on 08/13/2005 3:01:57 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Marching Morons are coming...and they're breeding more Democrats beyond all reason!)
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To: leftcoaster

People are more sensitive about animals than people.

Last winter, someone posted a photo of two stray dogs that had fallen through the ice on some lake. By the time the rescue divers got there, one dog died from hypothermia and the other survived.

I suggested that outside of it being a good training exercise, the humane thing to do would be to use a sharpshooter at 70 yards.

Man did I get flamed. (I kind of expected it)


46 posted on 08/13/2005 5:11:37 PM PDT by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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