No 'Win A Date With Drew' On Dahl's Show
January 24, 2008 at 5:45 AM (PT)
CBS Adult Hits WJMK (104.3 JACK FM)/CHICAGO has pulled the plug on "Win a Date With DREW," the proposed dating game featuring DREW PETERSON, the former policeman whose wife STACY disappeared last OCTOBER.
Morning host STEVE DAHL had aired a series of parodies imitating and ripping PETERSON, who remains under heavy public scrutiny over his wife's disappearance and the death of a previous spouse, before PETERSON and his attorney JOEL BRODSKY called in on WEDNESDAY's show. BRODSKY proposed the dating game, and DAHL took the idea under consideration, but he told the CHICAGO TRIBUNE that "It was a spontaneous on-air bit and never officially set up. After I got off the air and thought it through, it just didn't seem like something I wanted to do."
WJMK GM PETER BOWEN said the station never intended to have such a game, asserting that PETERSON and his attorney approached the station -- not the other way around.
PETERSON's attorney has claimed the contest was the brainchild of DAHL. "On the air, it seemed DAHL threw the idea out there, and PETERSON said to 'ask the lawyer.'"
BOWEN said DAHL would never, in his words, "put his listeners in harm's way."
BRODSKY told NBC5's LAUREN JIGGETTS that "WJMK (104.3) is being hypocritical."
"They make money by letting STEVE DAHL do DREW PETERSON comedy bits, songs and impersonations, but now they are too high and mighty and say they will not even let DREW on the air," BRODSKY said. "If DREW, who has not been charged with a crime, can't even call into the show, then the station should stop STEVE DAHL from doing DREW PETERSON comedy bits. Otherwise, the managers of WJMK 104.3 are just hypocrites."