Hey there, Steve here again. I was thinking today about some of the best callers we have had here on the show and I wanted to make a post about it because I thought other people might find it funny, too. So here, in no particular order, are some of the favorite callers I’ve had in the time I’ve been at the station:
- Wonderdog: we had started out talking about stupid pet tricks, and then Sunny started in with a story she’d read about a cat that had dialed 911 for its owner. We got a call from someone who had a dog specifically trained to help her manage her diabetes. Somehow this dog can smell when her sugar is low and will get her meter to check it herself, or will bring her a snack if she needs it. The dog has been trained to alert her roommate if she were ever to be unresponsive or in a coma. We had an amazing conversation with her and we ended up doing a fundraiser for the charity that supplied our caller with the dog. That was pretty awesome too.
- The Professor Spoof: we did this bit for a couple of weeks before we got in trouble and Matt made us stop. Joe would prank call random students and pretend to be one of their professors. Joe would tell them that a recent assignment wasn’t received, and usually involved the student losing their mind. We would get all the info from fans of the show who would call in and want us to prank their friends. We never did it live, so that we could censor anything we needed to. We also made sure it was all on the up-and-up and got the student’s permission afterward to air the conversation. Unfortunately, some of the faculty didn’t like it. I don’t know if they thought it was disrespectful or didn’t like being impersonated, but we had to end it. Which was too bad, because it was HILARIOUS. One kid just started screaming at the top of his lungs and we basically had to bleep out every other word.
- The Over the Air Proposal: One of Matt’s grad school friends was dating another student who went abroad for grad school. He wanted to propose but couldn’t afford a ticket to go out to see her. Obviously, the station doesn’t have big money to comp a ticket, so we did the next best thing: we got him in the booth with us and called her so he could propose live on the radio. She Freaked. The. Heck. Out. In a good way, but still. She was laughing and crying and all that. Then people started calling in with funny proposal stories, which turned into a week of conversations about good and bad breakup stories. It was just a lot of fun, and awesome to be a part of.
- The Troll: We have one guy whose whole purpose in life, it seems, is to call and heckle us. He doesn’t always make it on the air because he can be a bit over the top but when he does, the stuff he says is great. He tells Sunny she’s a robot because nobody is that cheerful at 6 AM; I’ve been called much, much worse. Matt too, as he is the gatekeeper for phone calls. We got into a debate with him once about whether he will ever be man enough to come down to the station to talk with everyone face to face or if he wouldn’t be able to get a ride from his parents that early in the morning (I’m pretty sure he’s a student here, though, so that was just said in fun).
Well, those are some of my favorites in my time here at the station. What about you? What’s been your favorite?