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(KTAR Phoenix)   After two decades, stupid local news affiliates are still falling for prank calls made by Captain Janks, this time during the live coverage of the Christopher Dorner shootout. And Baba Booey to y'all   (ktar.com) divider line 48
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2013-02-12 09:57:51 PM  
Nothing will ever beat the OJ call.
 
2013-02-12 09:59:35 PM  
the audio link doesnt do anything for me.. anyone else having problems?
 
2013-02-12 09:59:43 PM  
Those stations just need to get some of that ole Janks spirit.
 
jvl
2013-02-12 10:08:53 PM  
Amusing?  Attention whores are only amusing when we laugh at them.
 
2013-02-12 10:12:56 PM  

MisatoNERV: Nothing will ever beat the OJ call.


Oh man, I remember that.  He made Peter Jennings as irate as he ever got on TV (which of course was calmer than 99.9% of human beings could ever get).
 
2013-02-12 10:33:43 PM  
Not his best work.
 
2013-02-12 10:36:31 PM  
This is very tenses!
 
2013-02-12 10:37:45 PM  
Where's Al Michaels to point out that was a totally farsical call ?
 
2013-02-12 10:39:19 PM  
 Baba Booey  Baba Booey Howard Stern's penis!
 Baba Booey  Baba Booey Howard Stern's penis!
 
2013-02-12 10:56:07 PM  
woah woah woah stop the clock.
 
2013-02-12 10:56:48 PM  
Baba Booey!  Best of the Week!  Best of the Week!  Mastertape Theater!
 
2013-02-12 11:20:49 PM  
And in other news, Howard Stern's schtick is still as bland and tired as it was two decades ago.
 
2013-02-12 11:29:04 PM  
I work for a radio station in NYC. We got pranked by a Stern caller during our Hurricane Sandy coverage. It was awesome.

/fla fla flooey
 
2013-02-12 11:49:14 PM  

MrEricSir: And in other news, Howard Stern's schtick is still as bland and tired as it was two decades ago.


And in other news, Farkers who supposedly find Howard bland and tired still take time out to post in a thread about him.

Stop the clock! Stop the clock!
 
2013-02-13 12:02:53 AM  
Funy guy. During the Aurora, Colorado shootings he held up the local news affiliate with his BS for a half hour  while people were waiting for news about their loved ones.
His idea of comedy gold would be to piss in a drowning child's eyes.
 
2013-02-13 12:06:52 AM  

Fixxor: the audio link doesnt do anything for me.. anyone else having problems?


Here's the youtube link.

/"Ronny the limo driver?"

//lmao
 
2013-02-13 12:09:31 AM  

sonnyboy11: MrEricSir: And in other news, Howard Stern's schtick is still as bland and tired as it was two decades ago.

And in other news, Farkers who supposedly find Howard bland and tired still take time out to post in a thread about him.

Stop the clock! Stop the clock!


You'll have to forgive me for not believing it would be Howard Stern from the headline (remember, this is Fark.) It's one thing for someone to repeat the same joke every month, it's another thing for that joke to make headlines over and over.

With Jay Leno I can understand if the audience can't remember if they heard the joke before, because his audience also can't remember that they have to wear Depends. But I don't think Stern's fans have that excuse. And the media definitely doesn't have that excuse.
 
2013-02-13 12:31:09 AM  
The fire was caused by a blast of gas from Fartman's anus.
 
2013-02-13 01:09:05 AM  
"I see OJ man, and he look scared."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLmoqbR3gto
 
2013-02-13 01:15:05 AM  
Janks is ok, but I miss the crew from Kidd Chris show in Philly.  He was a Stern protege and I thought he captured the ribald adolescent prankster spirit better than Stern has done in at least a decade.  They would organize crank parties with the listeners and some were pretty awesome.  /csb
 
2013-02-13 02:22:24 AM  

coeyagi: Janks is ok, but I miss the crew from Kidd Chris show in Philly.  He was a Stern protege and I thought he captured the ribald adolescent prankster spirit better than Stern has done in at least a decade.  They would organize crank parties with the listeners and some were pretty awesome.  /csb


I did not understand some people's (including many of my friends) love for Kidd Chris. It was just baffling to me.
 
2013-02-13 02:27:22 AM  

coeyagi: Janks is ok, but I miss the crew from Kidd Chris show in Philly.  He was a Stern protege and I thought he captured the ribald adolescent prankster spirit better than Stern has done in at least a decade.  They would organize crank parties with the listeners and some were pretty awesome.  /csb


I vaguely remember the Kidd Chris era in Portland.  What a colossal douchebag.
 
2013-02-13 02:57:28 AM  

Coelacanth: Funy guy. During the Aurora, Colorado shootings he held up the local news affiliate with his BS for a half hour  while people were waiting for news about their loved ones.
His idea of comedy gold would be to piss in a drowning child's eyes.


While Janks is just an asshole looking to make the air with his call, he is also helping prove a point... news sources only care about being first, whether they're correct or not, and will put ay jerkoff on the air they can find without even bothering to do a check and see if they're the real deal and know something about the situation they're reporting on.

News media passing off inaccurate bullshiat in a quest for ratings is more disgusting than any call Janks has ever done.

/Aurora? Wasn't that the one where there were three different shooters named by various news outlets before they settled on the correct person? Or was that Sandy Hook?
 
2013-02-13 04:50:35 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Coelacanth: Funy guy. During the Aurora, Colorado shootings he held up the local news affiliate with his BS for a half hour  while people were waiting for news about their loved ones.
His idea of comedy gold would be to piss in a drowning child's eyes.

While Janks is just an asshole looking to make the air with his call, he is also helping prove a point... news sources only care about being first, whether they're correct or not, and will put ay jerkoff on the air they can find without even bothering to do a check and see if they're the real deal and know something about the situation they're reporting on.

News media passing off inaccurate bullshiat in a quest for ratings is more disgusting than any call Janks has ever done.

/Aurora? Wasn't that the one where there were three different shooters named by various news outlets before they settled on the correct person? Or was that Sandy Hook?


To be fair, there's only so much vetting you can do of someone over the phone. It's a "developing" situation, "real time", and you literally don't have the time to figure out who's bullshiatting you and who's not. What do you want them to do, schedule a meeting with Janks over a cup of coffee, interview his friends and neighbors? If you were in the position that these news people are in, you would do the same, because if you didn't take that chance then the other guys would, and maybe they would score a compelling caller that draws viewers while you've got nothing. Whether you choose to take that gamble of putting a stranger on the air or not, there's no guarantee of success. Everything's a gamble, and the only way to "win" is not to play (i.e., don't get into the news business at all).
 
2013-02-13 05:42:17 AM  

jvl: Amusing?  Attention whores are only amusing when we laugh at them.


Coelacanth: Funy guy. During the Aurora, Colorado shootings he held up the local news affiliate with his BS for a half hour  while people were waiting for news about their loved ones.
His idea of comedy gold would be to piss in a drowning child's eyes.



^^^^^^^^^^^^^ both ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

/crank callers were the script kiddies of the pre-internet era
//they're still script kiddies
 
2013-02-13 06:36:54 AM  

MisatoNERV: Nothing will ever beat the OJ call.


Strangely corresponds with the last time stern was funny or entertaining.
 
2013-02-13 06:57:46 AM  
I enjoy the fact that once the anchor is willing to accept "Ronnie the Limo Driver with the Fish and WIldlife Agency", there really isn't anywhere else you can go with that, and the prank caller doesn't even try at that point.
 
2013-02-13 07:18:27 AM  

B.L.Z. Bub: FirstNationalBastard: Coelacanth: Funy guy. During the Aurora, Colorado shootings he held up the local news affiliate with his BS for a half hour  while people were waiting for news about their loved ones.
His idea of comedy gold would be to piss in a drowning child's eyes.

While Janks is just an asshole looking to make the air with his call, he is also helping prove a point... news sources only care about being first, whether they're correct or not, and will put ay jerkoff on the air they can find without even bothering to do a check and see if they're the real deal and know something about the situation they're reporting on.

News media passing off inaccurate bullshiat in a quest for ratings is more disgusting than any call Janks has ever done.

/Aurora? Wasn't that the one where there were three different shooters named by various news outlets before they settled on the correct person? Or was that Sandy Hook?

To be fair, there's only so much vetting you can do of someone over the phone. It's a "developing" situation, "real time", and you literally don't have the time to figure out who's bullshiatting you and who's not. What do you want them to do, schedule a meeting with Janks over a cup of coffee, interview his friends and neighbors? If you were in the position that these news people are in, you would do the same, because if you didn't take that chance then the other guys would, and maybe they would score a compelling caller that draws viewers while you've got nothing. Whether you choose to take that gamble of putting a stranger on the air or not, there's no guarantee of success. Everything's a gamble, and the only way to "win" is not to play (i.e., don't get into the news business at all).



Well, in a situation like this, there is something to be said for not taking callers live on air if they aren't law enforcement or a station contact. They don't add any confirmation of the actual situation, and all they offer is speculation, gossip, or in this case, grade A bullshiat.
 
2013-02-13 08:46:00 AM  

Coelacanth: Funy guy. During the Aurora, Colorado shootings he held up the local news affiliate with his BS for a half hour  while people were waiting for news about their loved ones.
His idea of comedy gold would be to piss in a drowning child's eyes.


I put the blame squarely on the news station.  His schtick is only possible because they don't care about news, but getting people to tune in.


B.L.Z. Bub: To be fair, there's only so much vetting you can do of someone over the phone. It's a "developing" situation, "real time", and you literally don't have the time to figure out who's bullshiatting you and who's not.


Then you shouldn't put them on.
 
2013-02-13 08:53:55 AM  

stoli n coke: B.L.Z. Bub: FirstNationalBastard: Coelacanth: Funy guy. During the Aurora, Colorado shootings he held up the local news affiliate with his BS for a half hour  while people were waiting for news about their loved ones.
His idea of comedy gold would be to piss in a drowning child's eyes.

While Janks is just an asshole looking to make the air with his call, he is also helping prove a point... news sources only care about being first, whether they're correct or not, and will put ay jerkoff on the air they can find without even bothering to do a check and see if they're the real deal and know something about the situation they're reporting on.

News media passing off inaccurate bullshiat in a quest for ratings is more disgusting than any call Janks has ever done.

/Aurora? Wasn't that the one where there were three different shooters named by various news outlets before they settled on the correct person? Or was that Sandy Hook?

To be fair, there's only so much vetting you can do of someone over the phone. It's a "developing" situation, "real time", and you literally don't have the time to figure out who's bullshiatting you and who's not. What do you want them to do, schedule a meeting with Janks over a cup of coffee, interview his friends and neighbors? If you were in the position that these news people are in, you would do the same, because if you didn't take that chance then the other guys would, and maybe they would score a compelling caller that draws viewers while you've got nothing. Whether you choose to take that gamble of putting a stranger on the air or not, there's no guarantee of success. Everything's a gamble, and the only way to "win" is not to play (i.e., don't get into the news business at all).


Well, in a situation like this, there is something to be said for not taking callers live on air if they aren't law enforcement or a station contact. They don't add any confirmation of the actual situation, and all they offer is speculation, gossip, or in this ...


The caller identified himself as a fish and game official, a potentially federal crime, I don't blame the station's willingness to believe an individual who sounded calm and rational and risked imprisonment if lying.
 
2013-02-13 08:54:03 AM  

coeyagi: Janks is ok, but I miss the crew from Kidd Chris show in Philly.  He was a Stern protege and I thought he captured the ribald adolescent prankster spirit better than Stern has done in at least a decade.  They would organize crank parties with the listeners and some were pretty awesome.  /csb


George Takei should be forever grateful to Kidd Chris for putting him back in the public light.
 
2013-02-13 08:54:07 AM  

liam76: I put the blame squarely on the news station. His schtick is only possible because they don't care about news, but getting people to tune in.


This is why I still regard this stuff as some of the best performance art around.
 
2013-02-13 09:03:35 AM  

deadsanta: The caller identified himself as a fish and game official, a potentially federal crime, I don't blame the station's willingness to believe an individual who sounded calm and rational and risked imprisonment if lying.


Considering there is no "Fish and Game" department anymore, I'm not seeing the federal crime here.

/tip #1... someone identifying themselves with an outdated, no longer used name for a department just might be a bullshiat artist. Of course, the networks would probably believe Janks and put him right on air if he called in from the Civil Aeronautics Administration, too
 
2013-02-13 09:13:34 AM  
The OJ call is still the greatest prank call ever made. EVAR.

"He lookin' scaaared. There's cops all DEEP in dis."
 
2013-02-13 09:14:05 AM  

stoli n coke: Well, in a situation like this, there is something to be said for not taking callers live on air if they aren't law enforcement or a station contact. They don't add any confirmation of the actual situation, and all they offer is speculation, gossip, or in this case, grade A bullshiat.


Exactly!

REO-Weedwagon: This is why I still regard this stuff as some of the best performance art around.


Well put. I agree.  The fun is not in OMG HE PRANKED THEM!  It's that he's exposing what a shiatty job the news organizations do at reporting facts.

The OJ Call for those that may not have heard it.
 
2013-02-13 09:14:41 AM  

sonnyboy11: And in other news, Farkers who supposedly find Howard bland and tired still take time out to post in a thread about him.


I never understood this. I'm timing this post. I'll add 5 seconds for the time it takes to actually post.

38 seconds.
 
2013-02-13 09:17:05 AM  
There are two reasons people still fall for these.  First, on-air personalities are not the brightest individuals out there.  They are communications majors, remember?  And second, people still fall for these because it is simply unthinkable that people who are dim-witted to the that they are actually entertained by making and/or listening to them have been able to remain in the human gene pool this long.  The logical thing to assume is that they would have been bred out long ago.
 
2013-02-13 09:17:57 AM  

MikeSass: There are two reasons people still fall for these.  First, on-air personalities are not the brightest individuals out there.  They are communications majors, remember?  And second, people still fall for these because it is simply unthinkable that people who are dim-witted to the extent that they are actually entertained by making and/or listening to them have been able to remain in the human gene pool this long.  The logical thing to assume is that they would have been bred out long ago.


FTFM
 
2013-02-13 09:26:55 AM  

AiryAnne: coeyagi: Janks is ok, but I miss the crew from Kidd Chris show in Philly.  He was a Stern protege and I thought he captured the ribald adolescent prankster spirit better than Stern has done in at least a decade.  They would organize crank parties with the listeners and some were pretty awesome.  /csb

George Takei should be forever grateful to Kidd Chris for putting him back in the public light.


Indeed. Sulu Dance is the greatest ever.

//balloon knot FTW
 
2013-02-13 09:31:01 AM  
CNN had the son of the owner of the cabin that Dorner holed up in, and I almost thought it was a put up
job since the kid sounded like he was 15 years old.
 
2013-02-13 10:41:22 AM  
i only heard one live.....it was about ten years ago and there was live coverage of a plane crash.  pretty sure Lou Dobbs was covering it and went to an "eyewitness" live on the phone.

Janks answered the requisite questions for about a minute or so and then he's like  "i saw smoke, the engines made a weird sound, and then it crashed" and then he said something like, "the flames reminded me of what comes out of Howard Stern's asshole" and went on for a few more seconds before they cut to Lou, and he didn't even address it.

i was like, "uhh.....what just happened?"
 
2013-02-13 11:00:12 AM  
My turban is dirty.
 
2013-02-13 11:14:30 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: Those stations just need to get some of that ole Janks spirit.


That's only step 1:

RecipeTake the juice from one bottle of that Ol' Janx Spirit.Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V.Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzene is lost).Allow four litres of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it.Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qalactin Hypermint extract.Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger.Sprinkle Zamphuor.Add an olive.Drink . . . but . . . very carefully . . .
 
2013-02-13 11:33:38 AM  
I actually like Howard's books better than his radio show.  Miss America had me dying while I was reading it.  It's worth it for the Michael Jackson story alone.
 
2013-02-13 01:16:51 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: FirstNationalBastard: Coelacanth: Funy guy. During the Aurora, Colorado shootings he held up the local news affiliate with his BS for a half hour  while people were waiting for news about their loved ones.
His idea of comedy gold would be to piss in a drowning child's eyes.

While Janks is just an asshole looking to make the air with his call, he is also helping prove a point... news sources only care about being first, whether they're correct or not, and will put ay jerkoff on the air they can find without even bothering to do a check and see if they're the real deal and know something about the situation they're reporting on.

News media passing off inaccurate bullshiat in a quest for ratings is more disgusting than any call Janks has ever done.

/Aurora? Wasn't that the one where there were three different shooters named by various news outlets before they settled on the correct person? Or was that Sandy Hook?

To be fair, there's only so much vetting you can do of someone over the phone. It's a "developing" situation, "real time", and you literally don't have the time to figure out who's bullshiatting you and who's not. What do you want them to do, schedule a meeting with Janks over a cup of coffee, interview his friends and neighbors? If you were in the position that these news people are in, you would do the same, because if you didn't take that chance then the other guys would, and maybe they would score a compelling caller that draws viewers while you've got nothing. Whether you choose to take that gamble of putting a stranger on the air or not, there's no guarantee of success. Everything's a gamble, and the only way to "win" is not to play (i.e., don't get into the news business at all).


OOOORRRRR you take the policy of "we don't accept unsolicited calls"

I work in this field. I'm speaking from experience. You don't pick up a phone call from someone claiming to be an official and put it on TV unchecked. If it's a local breaking news story, you already know who the officials you need to talk with are. If it's a witness, you vet them through your reporters on the scene. If it's someone claiming to be an official, you put them through to the back, tape their statement, then vet it.

It's not hard. I don't understand how this keeps happening.
 
2013-02-13 10:21:05 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Coelacanth: Funy guy. During the Aurora, Colorado shootings he held up the local news affiliate with his BS for a half hour  while people were waiting for news about their loved ones.
His idea of comedy gold would be to piss in a drowning child's eyes.

While Janks is just an asshole looking to make the air with his call, he is also helping prove a point... news sources only care about being first, whether they're correct or not, and will put ay jerkoff on the air they can find without even bothering to do a check and see if they're the real deal and know something about the situation they're reporting on.

News media passing off inaccurate bullshiat in a quest for ratings is more disgusting than any call Janks has ever done.

/Aurora? Wasn't that the one where there were three different shooters named by various news outlets before they settled on the correct person? Or was that Sandy Hook?



I couldn't agree more. Maybe one day they'll learn better but I hope not.
 
2013-02-13 10:26:45 PM  

havocmike: B.L.Z. Bub: FirstNationalBastard: Coelacanth: Funy guy. During the Aurora, Colorado shootings he held up the local news affiliate with his BS for a half hour  while people were waiting for news about their loved ones.
His idea of comedy gold would be to piss in a drowning child's eyes.

While Janks is just an asshole looking to make the air with his call, he is also helping prove a point... news sources only care about being first, whether they're correct or not, and will put ay jerkoff on the air they can find without even bothering to do a check and see if they're the real deal and know something about the situation they're reporting on.

News media passing off inaccurate bullshiat in a quest for ratings is more disgusting than any call Janks has ever done.

/Aurora? Wasn't that the one where there were three different shooters named by various news outlets before they settled on the correct person? Or was that Sandy Hook?

To be fair, there's only so much vetting you can do of someone over the phone. It's a "developing" situation, "real time", and you literally don't have the time to figure out who's bullshiatting you and who's not. What do you want them to do, schedule a meeting with Janks over a cup of coffee, interview his friends and neighbors? If you were in the position that these news people are in, you would do the same, because if you didn't take that chance then the other guys would, and maybe they would score a compelling caller that draws viewers while you've got nothing. Whether you choose to take that gamble of putting a stranger on the air or not, there's no guarantee of success. Everything's a gamble, and the only way to "win" is not to play (i.e., don't get into the news business at all).

OOOORRRRR you take the policy of "we don't accept unsolicited calls"

I work in this field. I'm speaking from experience. You don't pick up a phone call from someone claiming to be an official and put it on TV unchecked. If it's a local breaking news story, you ...



Well if you work in the industry you KNOW how it's happening. They people in your industry are dumber than a bag of rocks.

Say: " I'm dumber than a bag of rocks."
 
2013-02-13 10:30:04 PM  
Scoresman, got a tattoo. YEAH!
 
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