QUESTION: WHAT DO THESE TWO MEDIA FIGURES HAVE IN COMMON?
So The Bee's Leigh Grogan (pictured, left), the nation's foremost "American Idol" beat writer, was being interviewed live this afternoon by Kitty O'Neal and Tom Sullivan on KFBK (1530 AM). (Kitty and Tom were broadcasting from L.A., where the "Idol" finals are being held.)
But after about five minutes of giving expert analysis, Grogan suddenly heard nothing but dead air on her end of the phone line. The three-way connection between Tom and Kitty, Leigh and the KFBK studio had been broken - or so Grogan thought.
A few seconds of silence ensued, then Grogan went all Howard Stern (right) on us and muttered, aloud, "Oh, sh**, I lost them!"
Uh, not quite, Leigh. KFBK listeners heard Grogan's profanity loud and clear. Only the connection between Sullivan/O'Neal and the studio had gone dead.
Fearing retribution, either from the Federal Communications Commission or from your very own Media Savvy correspondent, Grogan immediately called (me, not the FCC) to apologize.
"It wasn't intentional," she says.
Having the honor of sharing a cubicle with Leigh, I can honestly attest that she never uses the S-word in the office. No, usually it's much saltier language.