Yesterday, in an apparent attempt to punk the listening public, suspect Drew Peterson called Mancow’s WLS show. Sounding weary and somber, Drew stated that he wanted to make a confession but that he would call back in a half an hour.
After ensuring that Mancow and WLS received another half hour of listenership (I wonder what was advertised during that half hour?) Drew again called the station ready, it would appear, to unburden himself. Hesitant and pausing, he said,
“I’ve just been on the phone with my attorney Joel Brodsky for the last half hour. He’s telling me just to keep my mouth shut and sit tight but I gotta come clean with it.
I wanted to do it with you. Is that OK with you? This is hard, Mancow. This is hard.
I just got to tell you. It’s been weighing heavy on my chest for some time now and I just gotta say…that the chicken wings at Addiction Bar and Grill are the best I ever had. Ten twenty-three West Lake. Happy April Fool’s Day, Mancow!”
He then laughed heartily before hanging up the phone.
While Mancow pretended to be shocked and perturbed by the audacity of the April Fool’s prank, he sounded completely insincere. I assume the entire call was set up in advance by Mancow who appears to be Peterson’s new event planner and spiritual adviser. Why else the half-hour wait between the set-up and the ‘reveal’?
Strangely, the person truly punked by Peterson’s actions was his own lawyer! Addiction Bar and Grill is part-owned by Joel Brodsky. In the past Brodsky has made it very clear that although he is willing to barter Drew’s airtime in exchange for advertisements for the business (including faked testimonials from show hosts), that he in no way wants Drew to be publicly associated with it. Apparently, in the excitement of taking yet another public dump on the memory of his missing and dead wives, Peterson forgot about that detail.
Predictably, after Drew’s tasteless prank the bar began to receive phone calls from the public expressing their outrage and disgust that the notoriety of a murder suspect would be used to promote the wings at a sports bar. One caller said that they didn’t think it was right to have a murderer advertise their business. The person who answered the call said simply, “I agree.”
Elizabeth Brodsky, part-owner of the failing business, who had been begging people on Twitter to help save her bar, apparently has had enough. Last night, she sent out a tweet announcing that she had signed her shares over to her partners. She says that she’s now looking for a job.
It’s interesting that in the past she has also sent out a tweet stating that if you think Drew Peterson is innocent she has “a bridge in Brooklyn for sale !” Hey, it’s America and she has a right to her opinion, no matter who she’s married to.
I wish her good luck in her job search!
Download an MP3 of Drew Peterson’s “confession”. (Click in the yellow box that says “Click Here to Start Download”.)
UPDATE April 3: Bucketoftea emailed WLS about the tasteless stunt and received this reply:
This was not a setup April fools joke. We truly believe Drew was going to confess. If that were the case we needed to put him on the air.
It turned out to not be the case and made us look bad. We handled a great number of issues on a daily basis and sometimes we make mistakes.
I hope you will give us another chance.
President and General Manager
WLS-AM & WLS-FM
190 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60601