TV & Radio

Dec 11, 2012

Radio DJ: prank calls, stunts the bread and butter of FM

Gotcha calls aren't funny, says former FM radio DJ Christopher Welldon, who's sat in on a few. But management demands them because they make a splash. The intent is to shock.

I refused to do “gotcha” calls during my time on air. I hate them. I see no entertainment value in foisting unnecessary angst on unwitting telephone owners. It’s not funny.

I did sit in on one or two — my co-host did them — and we got to the magic part where the “victim” started swearing his head off. Much laughter; mission accomplished.

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2 thoughts on “Radio DJ: prank calls, stunts the bread and butter of FM

  1. phil morris

    I know the Chaser played a very brief prank on Max Moore Wilton by parking a truck with blaring loudpeakers outside his home , but the Chaser didn’t hang around for long for maximum effect.

    But to anyone’s knowledge has anyone from today fm tried to prank call CEO Holleran or its Chairman of the board? Or is there an instinct for self preservation ?

  2. Catherine Ganley

    I don’t think prank calls are funny either….

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