[joe-frank-list] Origin of the telephone medium/preacher clip?

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Mon Aug 2 21:18:34 PDT 2004

This American Life got the material through Joe Frank who originally aired
it  (Joe never broadcasts material from other radio programs). The material
originated from a sound artist in Baltimore who also appears in another Joe
Frank show, "Hot Line."  The artist's name is David Franks.

Quoting Erik Shirokoff <shiro at uclink4.berkeley.edu>:

> Hi folks -
> This isn't exactly a name-that-show question, but it's close.
> In several of Joe's programs (Prayer, A Natural Disaster, Bible Stories, Men
> of the Cloth) there are clips in which someone posing as a medium/preacher
> calls people on the telephone and tries to convince them to repeat absurd
> prayers.
> Somewhere, some time in the last decade, I remember hearing an explanation
> for the clip.  It involved a recording engineer somewhere making prank
> telephone calls and then secretly distributing the tapes to radio people.
> Did anyone else hear the explanation for that clip?  Any idea where it was?
> I *think* the explanation was on a radio program, and I seem to remember it
> wasn't immediately associated with Joe.  A couple likely guesses are: an
> episode of This American Life, an Over the Edge show, an interview in a
> random news or arts program, or possibly an announcer or pledge drive jockey
> introducing a show.  But, memory being what it is, its possible it was
> actually a text article somewhere.
> Any clues?
> - Erik
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