Wednesday, February 13, 2008

This Makes My Gift Ideas Look A Helluva Lot Better

Thanks to Bill Lynch, The Charleston Gazette and WLKC Rock 105: After reading this story I feel so much better about the gifting decisions I've made during the last several years.

(Especially that 40th birthday debacle...)

Here's an excerpt from the story, written by Lynch, for those not inclined to click a link:

"Not everybody likes Valentine's Day. There are as many reasons to hate the holiday as there are to enjoy it. The nearly obligatory cards, candy and stuffed bears can be a bitter reminder to the lonely or an irritation to those trying to bounce back from the expense of the Christmas season.

WKLC-FM (Rock 105) is turning the holiday on its head. This Valentine's Day, the classic rock station is giving away a free divorce to one "lucky" listener.

Through Thursday at 4 p.m. at the station's Web site, www.wklc.com, Rock 105 will accept applications for the free divorce. At 5 p.m. Valentine's Day, a "winner" will be drawn.

"It is a real divorce," Nunley said. "You shouldn't do it if you don't mean it."

Nunley explains what's being offered is a service to obtain a relatively uncomplicated divorce. Neither the station nor the actual winner should expect Webb to spend a tremendous amount of time in court over the case. People expecting a long, drawn-out legal battle should go ahead and hire representation rather than rely on a radio contest.

"It's meant to be fun," he said. "The best-case scenario is someone who wants a divorce but can't actually afford it. It would be cool if their story was funny, but it's a drawing. We'll take what we get."

The radio contest is doing surprisingly well. Announcements started Tuesday morning and within hours, Rock 105 had received dozens of phone calls from listeners and roughly 30 entries.

"Sure we can give away concert tickets, and we do. That's going to make you happy for a little while. This is the chance to make someone happy for the rest of their life."

9 comments:

primalscreamx said...

Not sure if this comes with someone to serve the papers or not. I should have asked... damn, one more question. Always, one more question.

The Film Geek said...

It's a terrific story, and a really fun idea by the station. But damn, it's cold as hell. I really do home someone wins who has few other options. It'll get them a divorce, and a great story to tell later.

The Film Geek said...

er, "hope." Not "home"...

Buzzardbilly said...

I know nothing made me happier than the divorce from my first husband...except my marriage to Curmy. He's stuck with me till I die.

BTW, thanks for joining in the "sorry for being a dick" poetry contest at my blog. I made an award and it's so purdy, I've decided everyone who participates shall get one, so go grab your award and spread the word...contest's going all day.

Anonymous said...

I just went back and read Jana's post about the office supplies and couldn't stop laughing. That was such a fun night. But seriously, office supplies???!!! You HAD to know how it was gonna turn out. If memory serves me correctly, this was the last time Mrs. FG was allowed out with us. We will have to fix that!! -Cara

The Film Geek said...

It seemed like such a good idea at the time...

It was a fun night. Jana thought I was lame. I suppose she never heard any stories of my partying prowess.

primalscreamx said...

I've made the big time (anonymously). The Associated Press is running the story (hacked apart and without giving me any money or credit) in their odd news. I found it under Yahoo's Odd News from AP.
Woo-hoo. It's just like being famous for something without anyone knowing it.

The Film Geek said...

How the hell is that possible? I can't videotape movies in a theater to sell later, or download music that's not paid for...how is the artistry of a writer any different?

Jay said...

Because bootlegging movies and music hurts the people who make the rules, but ripping Bill off helps the people who make the rules.

Remember the Golden Rule: "He who has the gold makes the rules."