‘Take Your Child To Work Day’ Didn’t Work Out So Well For NPR

Priyanka Prasad
A small child managed to cause a minute of dead air on live radio.

Who knew a small child could cause such a major amount of chaos at an NPR office?

During Thursday's “Morning Edition” segment on NPR, the radio suddenly went silent at 11:04 a.m. for a full minute, as West Coast listeners most likely sat there bemused by the sudden interruption to their regular morning news.

Gawker found an email confirming that a head engineer’s child had somehow gotten a hold of the control panel and decided to do a little damage.

The email read,

“One of our junior journalists was somehow able to press the exact sequence, and perfectly timed live insert panel to insert studio 42 into the stream 1. I kid you not. Although labor laws prevent me from actually hiring the kid (cause he does have a future-but I gave him my card) This resulted in studio 42 being inserted into the stream, causing a lengthy impairment.

This outage is totally and completely my fault. Besides the justifiable public shaming I rightly deserve for the next decade-my lack of oversite [sic.] caused the outage. Feel free to giggle at will. Thank you to the MOPS crew for getting us back on track, and triggering rapid notification.”

An NPR spokesperson confirmed to Gawker that this was indeed what happened, explaining, “It was an educational day for us as well as our kids.”

This was probably more than enough excitement for NPR to last them the entire year.    

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