Radio Hosts Suspended After "Dihydrogen Monoxide" Prank Causes Panic

Comment by James μολὼν λαβέ on April 3, 2013 at 8:58am

Florida country radio morning-show hosts Val St. John and Scott Fish are currently serving indefinite suspensions and possibly worse over a successful April Fools' Day prank. They told their listeners that "dihydrogen monoxide" was coming out of the taps throughout the Fort Myers area. Dihydrogen monoxide is water.

The popular deejays are mainly in all this trouble (potentially of a felony level) because their listeners panicked so much — about the molecular makeup of their drinking water, however unwittingly — that Lee County utility officials had to issue a county-wide statement calming the fears of chemistry challenged Floridians.

Audio evidence of exactly how St. John and Fish executed this bad joke remains scarce, as they were pulled off the air around 8:30 a.m. — about three and half hours into their Val and Scott in the Morning show on WWGR/Gator Country 101.9 FM, which airs across a big region of Southwest Florida. That was enough time for listeners to begin calling the water company. Here's the official statement from Lee County utility issued Monday after fielding many calls about the "dihydrogen monoxide" scare:

April Fools' prank about 'dihydrogen monoxide' in water gets Gator ...

WTSP 10 News-Apr 1, 2013
The radio station's joke involved that "dihydrogen monoxide" was coming out of county resident's taps. Renda said that "dihydrogen monoxide" ...

2 radio personalities suspended due to April Fools' Day prank

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