As a Metro Detroiter, I listen to 89x (88.7) every morning and can’t get enough of Lisa Way, Dave Hunter and Chuck the Freak of the Morning X. Their show is full of humor, a tiny bit of new, and also full of some crazy topics! Dave and Chuck have been known to tease and talk about everyone and everything, including themselves. That is why this latest incident came as such a shock to listeners.
The start of Operation Dark Stall
Also known as “Operation Dark Squatter”, Operation Dark Stall began early last week after Chuck had caught someone in the bathroom with the lights off. The story goes that Chuck walked in to the dark bathroom, flipped the lights on, and started using the restroom. Suddenly he heard a rustling and turned to see a mans feet in the stall. He didn’t know who it was, or what they were doing, but he definitely thought it was strange that someone was in there in the pitch black.
Spreading it on the Radio
As with previous instances like this, Chuck couldn’t wait to talk about it on the radio! He and his fellow DJs continued to poke, prod, and laugh about this incident. Callers came in by the dozens, guessing at what this man would be doing in the dark bathroom. Was he actually going to the bathroom? Or did he go in their for a mid morning nap? Taking things a little further, as Dave and Chuck tend to do, they began calling any “suspects” and grilling them on the radio. This was all in good fun and the suspects just laughed it off and gave the listening audience some laughs as well.
The Next Day
This grilling and laughing continued the next day as Dave and Chuck narrowed their suspects down by calling even more people. Everything continued as normal on this second day of the joke.
The Third Day
On the third day, listeners tuned in to find a very ticked off Dave and Chuck the Freak. It turns out they were in trouble for Operating Dark Stall. Their boss sent them an email stating that the person (whoever it was) came to him and demanded they stop this investigation. The person (whoever it was!) stated this was all a misunderstanding and he didn’t want to be harassed about it any longer. Listeners didn’t see how this person could feel harassed since no one knows who he is still.
Dave and Chuck the Freak DIDN’T stop talking about it though and instead they proceeded to read this email to the listening audience. Listeners called in with their thoughts of whether or not Dave and Chuck the Freak should be in trouble, with the majority saying they should not.
The Forth Day
On Friday, listeners tuned in to hear…. James and Toni the phone screener? Where were Lisa, Dave and Chuck the Freak? Listeners flew to the internet, and to the Morning X Facebook page, where they found out that the Morning X Crew’s actions were under review. The crew was suspended for the day while the higher ups decided if they needed to be disciplined further.
Monday: The Morning X Crew Returns
Then today, listeners were more than happy to hear Lisa, Dave and Chuck the Freak when they tuned into 89x this morning. The crew was back and we were told they are safe. Why did they not apologize? Well Dave and Chuck claim that if they had apologized for this, it would mean that down the line they would just get more and more censorship until eventually they’d be worried about everything they talk about.
Listeners called in today with most of them saying Dave and Chuck were in the right, but a few did point out that they went a little too far. However no one seems to believe they deserved to be fired over this incident, which will make a lot of Metro Detroiters very happy!
Dave and Chuck the Freak may have made someone feel uncomfortable with their interrogation, but if this person would have just denied it, they would have believed him and the whole thing would have blown over. Alternatively, Dave and Chuck stated they do have compassion and if the person had directly asked them to stop, they would have. As with past jokes, it would have gotten some air time and then everyone forgets about them. However, by making a big deal of it, and putting their jobs on the line, in the end this person will probably be hearing about this from everyone he works with for years to come!
On the other hand, listeners were surprised when Dave and Chuck decided to tell us how mad they were on the forth day and they even went as far as reading the letter from their boss. A suspension was fair for this point, but a firing would not have been. Many listeners chimed in on the Morning X Facebook page about how they would never listen to 89x again if Dave and Chuck were taken off the air. Perhaps these threats helped the station put things into perspective. After all, Dave and Chuck never said who it was in that stall, and listeners believe they never would have. In the end, if you don’t want to be made fun of on the radio, don’t go to the bathroom in a public restroom in the dark!