An Explanation, an Apology and a Thank You — A Note From the Editor
A recent backlash over what was meant as a joke has prompted me to address a few things about us, as well as the Internet at large. If you have a few minutes, we would appreciate you hearing us out.
As the Editor of this website, I want to make it clear that we will not be creating satirical articles moving forward.
After trying our hand at running some fun, yet clearly fabricated, stories on the website, we learned that, no matter what, it's going to piss some people off. I personally thought it would be a fun exercise and a nice change of pace for our readers to have some ridiculous stuff to read from time to time... boy was I wrong.
About That Rob Zombie Video
I tried my best to make the most ludicrous and unbelievable story I could out of the cancellation of Rob Zombie's headlining set at Rock Fest. It started as a joke that Zombie saw our very own Chris Monroe, who was in attendance for the Wisconsin rock festival, in the crowd and pulled the plug right there. When the video footage hit the web, I saw that there was a perfect opportunity to replace the audio of Zombie saying to the crowd "I can't even talk" with "but Chris Monroe is here" and make it sound like he canceled the show because of Chris.
Anyone who knows anything about our station knows we're always busting Monroe's balls. Anyone who watched that video knows that the overdubbing is comically bad (like overdubbed old school Kung-Fu movie bad) and in no way believable. Despite all of that, there was a significant amount of backlash when we shared what we thought was a funny and clearly untrue story with our audience. It was an inside joke that we wanted to let you in on. Not everyone found humor in it.
Several people began asking for the backstory on Monroe and Zombies "feud," others recognized it for what it was and had a laugh and then there was a third party who knew it wasn't true and thought we were trying to intentionally deceive them and pass this off as fact. I understand now that we are not The Onion and that people expect what we print to be true. But trust me, if our intention was to deceive you, we would've done a hell of a lot better job than that. Either way, as the Editor of the website I apologize if you were one of the readers that was misled/offended by our brief jaunt into satire.
Initially, this article had a long middle section about what satire is and how you can tell the difference between real and fake news, but for the sake of clarity I split it into two articles. Click the link box below to read the other half.
It is our main goal here at the Banana 101.5 to inform you about our community and music, to engage you and, most importantly, entertain you. We take this responsibility very seriously. We are going to take chances and try different things to be original and to entertain you. Some will be awesome, some will flop, but we'll keep trying with the hopes that you enjoy some of it.
We are not a hard news radio station or website, which means we are going to give you our opinions on news stories... probably more often than not. We are members of this community too, so if we want to say how we feel about a band or song or local political issue or crime -- we're going to tell you. If you disagree, let us know. If you agree, let us know. It's all about creating a dialogue here. If you want a boring, straightforward take on the news -- there are plenty of local outlets that will regurgitate police reports for you. Again, we're here to inform, engage and entertain.
As the Editor of this website, I sincerely hope that you enjoy our content (and that I didn't make any typos in this article). If you have something you would like to see on our site or would like to stop seeing on our site, I welcome your emails and you can send them day or night to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is your site too, so let us know how we're doing. Thanks for reading this extremely long article and for being a fan of the Banana and banana1015.com. We appreciate every one of you more than you know.