'Take your child to work day' is a longheld tradition over in America, but when you work with kids, it's never going to pass without an accident or two. This week that happened for world-renowned radio station NPR, when one talented kid caused them to fall silent for a minute.
As Gawker reports, one child somehow managed to push the right amount of buttons to cause the Morning Edition to fall silent - causing a minute of terror for all staff.
NPR's Gene Demby took to Twitter to report from the madness as it unfolded:
Playing chaperone at Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day at NPR. Best Day. pic.twitter.com/tELCo4eO5Q— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) 28 April 2016
a room full of grade schoolers meets a room full of buttons to push.— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) 28 April 2016
No joke: I think they turned off the newscast and there was dead air. https://t.co/aBFjMDqrHV— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) 28 April 2016
NPR then sent this pretty brilliant email out to all staff to explain the incident:
"This error was caused by the head of Engineering Department.
"As part of Take our Daughters to work day studio 42 demonstration. One of our junior journalists was some how 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 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."
Never work with children or emails - or put them at the control panel of a broadcast.