beaujangle saidDo/did you have heaps of fun at college? Any stories you wish to share?
Just remembered some "funner" ones than my post just above. I've always done college radio broadcasting, from the 1970s, sometimes to reinforce my degree work, but most times just for the fun of it.
And even when I wasn't a student, and still an active duty Army officer in the US, I'd volunteer to sub during the summer, when local college radio stations would be short student DJs to keep their program schedule going. And we DJs were always doing silly stuff with each other.
I might arrive for my shift while the previous DJ was doing news, sports & weather. If the weather called for rain, I might silently slip into the booth behind him, open an umbrella, and slip it into his hand while he was reading. He'd suddenly discover what he was holding, and have all he could do to keep from laughing on-air.
(It's an interesting phenomenon that while reading live, the degree of concentration required can cause some people to become quite trance-like, that you can be doing things to them of which they are only partially conscious, and will then have a delayed reaction to it)
Or I'd slip into the booth with a scissors, and as they sat at the mic I'd start cutting pieces from their copy as they were reading it. Never enough to destroy the text they had to read, but enough to make them nervous and giggly. Totally unprofessional, of course, but it was common among the students.
Back in the 70s we did "rip & read" news stories off the AP teletype we had. I'd arrive about 45 minutes before my air time, collect the print out, cut up the stories I wanted to use in my 10-minute news segment, and enhance them with handwritten notes over the printed type.
One evening I arrived to find the teletype had suffered a malfunction, the typewriter-like print head moving too far to the right, causing the last 5 characters to miss the paper on each line of print. I had to guess the missing words and write them in, or else skip the story if I couldn't figure it out, but it was slow going, and by the time of my show I hadn't gotten a full 10-minutes of copy prepared.
So I scooped up the unedited printouts, too, and hoped I wouldn't need to use them. Needless to say, my prepared copy was inadequate for the 7 minutes of news in our format, and I had to go into the damaged copy.
The first story in the pile was about the US actor Jack Cassidy having died in a fire (1976). I was reading it OK, until scanning ahead about 5 words as I usually do, I saw "Jack Cassidy was also notable for being the father of (blank) Cassidy, who is known for..." (etc) My mind racing, I couldn't think of his son Shaun's name.
So in confusion what I actually said on air was: "Jack Cassidy was also notable for being the father of... his son. Turning to sports..."
I just abandoned any more news, and went right into sports and weather, for which I did have some useful copy ready. Ah, the joys of live broadcasting.