Several listeners wrote in to report that Dori Monson (KIRO m-f, 12-3p) blithely told his producer on-air Monday that Bonneville had fired him in the middle of December; he'd sued, he said, and an arbitrator got him rehired.
"It's good to have muh show back." Never at a loss for a cliche, he added, "It's the dawn of a new era."
This was apropos of nothing, and Producer Jake, fielding frantic email from listeners, lept in to urge him to make a correction.
Just joking, Dori said.
We listened to the podcast and it's hard to know what to make of it. It was off-hand, detailed, realistic, and believable. The specificity of it showed he gave it some thought. Did it really happen? And it's all in the confidentiality agreements (He does have the best agent in town, Paul Anderson) ... Or was it whistling past the graveyard?
(We remember a jerk in high school who told everyone he had cancer and had only months to live. It got him a lot of attention for a short period of time, and derision and ridicule for a long period of time after it was revealed he'd said it only to get attention, and approval).