Bonaduce Behind the Scenes: “Can I Hear Some REO? Just Not From You.”
Hello again, Mike Jones, executive producer of the Danny Bonaduce Show, typing here. One of the duties I do for the show is call screening. We really appreciate our interactions with the callers; we couldn’t do the kind of show we do without them. But as you might imagine, not every caller gets to go on the air. Some callers don’t even want to go on the air. Some want to make a suggestion off the air. I get the occasional prank caller, and once in a while, it seems, a caller will stop taking his medication and just want someone to talk to to drown out the voices in his head. Then there’s this call. Bear with me, as this is a transcript from memory (incoming calls that don’t go on the air are not recorded), but this call really happened.
Me: “Hi, KZOK, the Danny Bonaduce Show.”
Caller: “Hi, can I put in a request?”
Caller: “I’m calling from Tennessee, and I can never get through to the classic rock station here.”
Me: “I see. Thank you for calling us. What’s your request?”
Caller: “’157 Riverside Avenue’ by REO Speedwagon.’”
Me: “Okay, I’ll see what we can do about getting that on.”
Caller: “No no, I don’t want you to play it. I want my classic rock station to play it. It’s 105.9 The Rock in Nashville. But I can never get through.”
Caller: “I get a busy signal, or the phone just rings and rings. So can you call them? And give them my request?”
Me: “Um, wait, you’re calling a classic rock station in Seattle, asking us to call a classic rock station in Nashville, to get them to play ‘157 Riverside Avenue’ by REO Speedwagon? Because you can’t get through to them?”
Caller: “That’s right.”
Me: “I’m sorry, but we have no affiliation with 105.9 The Rock in Nashville. So we don’t have any special number we could call to give them your request.”
Caller: “Oh. Well, I guess I’ll just keep trying them. Thanks anyway.”
Keep those calls coming! You can reach me and the Danny Bonaduce show from 5:45 to 9:00 a.m. at 1-800-252-1025.