Published on Thursday, 09 September 2010 08:27
On August 12th, this website broke the news that WGN's Program Director, Kevin Metheny had emailed a memo out to WGN & Tribune staffers
asking them to phone into Mike McConnell's then-new radio show, pretending to be somebody else and engaging him in conversation.
Vocalo.org's Robert Feder broke the story open even wider with his column of September 3rd
. In that column, he directly quoted most of the memo (something I could not do, due to an agreement I had) and also uncovered that the fake calls have continued well past McConnell's first week on the air.
The memo, which Kevin Metheny had sent out with the subject line "I could use a little help ... there's no money in it, but I'll appreciate it!", has stirred up a lot of conversation, both pro & con. Perhaps even more conversation that a faked phone call would create on McConnell's radio show.
Read more: Blog: The Argument For And Against Fake Callers On WGN-AM