A pair of popular morning show hosts from a Southwest Florida radio station have been suspended indefinitely following an April Fools' Day joke that the station's General Manager believes crossed a line.
Val St. John and Scott Fish, a radio "institution" with 26 years at Gator Country 101.9 between them, told listeners yesterday morning that Lee County's water supply had been tainted with dihydrogen monoxide.
The joke being that dihydrogen monoxide is merely another name for water.
Lee County Utilities, which was forced to field calls from concerned citizens for most of yesterday morning, agrees with Renda.
"When it comes to the drinking water supply, it is critical people understand there is not something wrong," said a spokeswoman for the company. "If we did want the news out there, that's not how we would do it."
Some listeners disagreed with the decision to take the longtime DJs off the air.
But suspension may be the least of Fish and St. John's worries before long.
UPDATE: Renda released a statement today saying the suspension of Val and Scott has been lifted after ensuring that the Lee County Utility and Lee County Health Department "were both satisfied" with the station's efforts to set things straight.