The Modern Millennial: Knowing Songs And Crying For $100

, , , , , | Right | January 15, 2020

I’m the stupid customer in this story.

I was in the car and just happened to know the answer to a radio station’s “name that song” challenge. I didn’t pay attention to know what the prize was, but I was so excited I knew the answer that I called in anyway. Surprisingly, I was the right caller! It was a $100 grocery store gift card, not bad! I gave my details, and they called back a week later with details on how to pick up the prize. As I’ve never won a radio contest before, I didn’t realize this meant I had to drive down to the studio during their business hours, which happened to be the same hours I worked plus at least a 30- to 45-minute drive.

I played phone tag for a week or so asking for an alternative, like a friend picking it up for me or for them to mail it to me. They said no, you have to pick it up in person with an ID. Eventually, my employer allowed me to move my lunch break to the last hour so I could rush down to the studio before they closed.

As luck would have it, rush hour was at its peak, add in road construction, a car accident on the side of the road, and a full bladder — in my rush to get out, I didn’t use the bathroom before leaving — and I was frustrated and impatient. Traffic usually doesn’t bother me. I watched the clock tick away as I sat in my car on the road-turned-parking lot. When I finally reached the office building, I ran inside, saw the dark lights and locked office door, and ran crying into the bathroom, ready to burst. I came back outside, sat in the hallway out of the way of foot traffic — except a lone, confused-looking janitor — and cried to myself.

I don’t know why. Maybe it was just the frustration building up, but a twenty-something-year-old shouldn’t be crying over a gift card. I ended up calling the station and leaving a tearful voicemail explaining how I tried my best, I was sitting outside the office seven minutes after they closed, and I would try to come back another time. I guess I sounded pathetic enough that the next day after the weekend, they emailed me a waiver form saying they would mail the gift card, but that I had to sign it saying it’s not their fault if it gets lost or stolen in transit. I signed right away and received the gift card within the week.

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Unfiltered Story #181193

, | Unfiltered | January 1, 2020

Woman comes in to collect a prize her son won. It’s our policy that we LEGALLY cannot give prizes to anyone other than the winner.
Woman: I need to get my winnings.
Me: Great! I’ll have you just slide your ID over so we can get that for you.
Woman: My son won it.
Me: Oh, well, I am sorry – we have to have the winner present in order to release the prize.
Woman: *rolls eyes* He lives in (town 20 minutes off.) You can just give them to me.
Me: No, I can’t. I legally cannot.
Woman: This is RIDICULOUS. I can’t believe this treatment. (She then beings to rant and lament her woes with our peasant lifestyles as she throws a full on, flopping around fit. Her gaudy costume jewelry is smacking her in the face **I took great pleasure in watching that.** as she rolls her head around.

She then tells me I don’t know how to do my job and saunters out the door. Ha, clearly.

Interesting Piece Of Radio Trivia For You

, , , , | Right | September 12, 2019

(My local radio station plays this clip from a caller.)

DJ: “Hello, [Station Call Sign]. You’re on the air!”

Caller: “Is the answer Claire Huxtable?”

DJ: “Oh, you were so close!”

Caller: “Dang!”

DJ: “Tell you what. Give us one more guess.”

Caller: “Um… is it… Peg Bundy?”

DJ: “There you go!”

Caller: “Yay! What do I win?”

DJ: “Beats me. We’re not doing any kind of trivia contest now.”

Caller: “Huh?”

(They apparently had called the wrong station.)

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Radio Ga Ga

, , , , | Right | January 6, 2019

(This story was told to me many years ago in broadcast school. As part of our application, we had to take a tour of a radio station and get a taste for the work involved. This classmate is telling us about her tour. She is in the main control room, asking the announcer some questions while he does his show, and she notices that all the phone lines are lighting up.)

Classmate: “Uh… Shouldn’t you be answering the phone?”

(The announcer turns around and randomly picks up one of the phone lines.)

Announcer: “Good afternoon, [Radio Station].”

Caller #1: “Oh, my God, he picked up.”

Caller #2: “Well! Say something!”

Caller #1: “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY!”

Caller #2: “THEN HANG UP!”

Caller #1: *screams*

Caller #2: *screams*

(The two callers then hang up. The announcer turns back to my classmate.)

Announcer: “It’s Spring Break. All the kids are out of school and bored. All the calls this week are like that.”

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Unfiltered Story #131922

, , | Unfiltered | December 10, 2018

(My Dad and I are listening to the rock station, which is apparently close to the number of another, I believe more modern, music station. A lady calls into the station hoping to win something. I’m unaware as to what the contest is, at the time, but we continue to listen, anyway. She asks the DJ if they could play two Rihanna songs in a row. I’m confused as to why she’d want that, considering how it’s a rock station. She’s unaware of her mistake, but the DJ clearly is. So, he gets her all excited, asking:)

DJ: “Are you sitting? Are you excited? Are you ready?”

(After he’s worked up her excitement, he reveals that she’s called the wrong music station.)

Caller: *exasperated* “Are you kidding me?! Oh my god… I didn’t even realize it! I thought this was [other music station], but I didn’t realize that it was the wrong station number!”

(She then goes on, exasperating how she didn’t realize the mistake. After the call is finished, my dad states:)

Dad: “Well, that was a maaajor blonde moment…”

Me: “Yeah, I was confused as to what she was talking about…”

Dad: “So was I.”

I agree… It was a MAJOR blonde moment! If she listened to more modern music, did she not question all the Rock songs that were playing?