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Old 04-02-13, 09:29 PM
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DJs suspended for April Fool's prank

Gator Country DJs Val St. John, Scott Fish suspended after April Fools' Day water prank

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - What was meant to be an April Fools' Day joke quickly turned humorless when a Florida utility was bombarded with phone calls from residents concerned about the safety of its water.

As a result of the prank, popular Gator Country 101.9 morning hosts Val St. John and Scott Fish have been suspended indefinitely.

"They made a bad call. It was a bad call," said Gator Country General Manager Tony Renda.

St. John and Fish began announcing on the air Monday morning that there was "dihydrogen monoxide" in the Lee County water supply.

A post on the Val and Scott in the Morning Facebook page reads, "'Dihydrogen monoxide'.... there’s water in the water!"

Comments under the post from the hosts said there was no harm intended.

Patti DiPiero, a Lee County Utilities spokeswoman, said they began to get calls from concerned residents, but utility employees heard it on their way to work and reported it when they came in.

"When it comes to the drinking water supply, it is critical people understand there is not something wrong," she said. "If we did want the news out there, that's not how we would do it."

Lee County Utilities quickly verified there was no problem and issued a release to the media that the water supply was safe to use.

At the same time, Gator Country stopped the reports and apologized.

"Every break we've had, we've been going on and making sure everyone knows it was an April Fools' joke,” Renda said. "We want our listeners to understand everything is perfectly safe."

When someone messes with food, water or shelter, he or she crosses the line with people's sense of security, Renda said.

Lee County Utilities was also contacted by the Florida Department of Health in Lee County, who then contacted the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in Tallahassee so they would know there was not a problem with the water.

A spokesperson for DEP said they had been told it was a hoax and would not be following up.

Diane Hold, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Health in Lee County, said the department is pleased Gator Country management corrected the issue quickly.

"Water supplies are a serious matter," she said.
http://www.theindychannel.com/news/d...ay-water-prank

Seriously? If you're going to suspend these guys, suspend them for their publicity photo:

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they should suspend all the idiots who called into the water utility.
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Seriously? If you're going to suspend these guys, suspend them for their publicity photo
And their stupid fake radio names.
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I hate them based on that picture alone.
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But they have good taste in microphones.

Not guilty.
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They were suspended for claiming there was dihydrogen monoxide in the water supply?

That's just downright niggardly.
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Like any of you idiots even knew what dihydrogen monoxide was without googling it. Now tell that to the person without internet access listening to the radio.

Stupid prank.
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at not knowing what dihydrogen monoxide is without googling it.
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Re: DJs suspended for April Fool's prank

Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
Like any of you idiots even knew what dihydrogen monoxide was without googling it. Now tell that to the person without internet access listening to the radio.

Stupid prank.
Actually the dihydrogen monoxide thing has been done before and I had heard of it. But, I get your point that someone who hadn't heard of it could be freaked out.
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Like any of you idiots even knew what dihydrogen monoxide was without googling it. Now tell that to the person without internet access listening to the radio.

Stupid prank.
Who doesn't have internet access and a brain.

Apparently, those two factors still exist, even today.

Even if you didn't have internet access, your brain would say, "Oh my. It's April 1st. Could this be a prank? This is a radio station. Hmmm."

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Like any of you idiots even knew what dihydrogen monoxide was without googling it

Um yeah, whatever you say.
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Like any of you idiots even knew what dihydrogen monoxide was without googling it.
<i>Maybe</i> people that didn't go to high school.
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The suspension sounds more like a publicity stunt to drum up attention for the radio channel.
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<i>Maybe</i> people that didn't go to high school.
What state is this show in?
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Um yeah, whatever you say.
Don't front.
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Originally Posted by PhantomStranger View Post
The suspension sounds more like a publicity stunt to drum up attention for the radio channel.
I've heard that the station website has a place where listeners can vote on when Scott and Val come back from their suspension, so ... yeah, I guess I fell for their stupid publicity stunt.
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Sounds like its time to get the petition going again.

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Morning Radio DJs are a danger to innocent people, and the government should do something. I think universal background checks on every purchase of microphones and canned unfunny comedy bits.

Assault Morning DJ Ban!
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Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
Like any of you idiots even knew what dihydrogen monoxide was without googling it. Now tell that to the person without internet access listening to the radio.

Stupid prank.


I think your average American has either heard this before or took a chemistry class at some point in their life. It says a lot about their listeners that people panicked.
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Florida + Morning Zoo DJ's + April Fool's prank + redneck listeners = what could possibly go wrong?
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at not knowing what dihydrogen monoxide is without googling it.
Had to google it. Never heard of it till just now.
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Had to google it. Never heard of it till just now.
Well... let's keep the streak going. Now you can google "better to be silent" and learn something else you've never heard of.

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This is basic knowledge. I would say "leave it to Florida" but honestly this could of been any state.
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at not knowing what dihydrogen monoxide is without googling it.
He said IDIOTS wouldn't know what it was. I'm not an idiot. And I guess you must not be one either.

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