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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sweet to the Taste (08/23/12)

TITLE: KREV Christian Radio - Embarrassing Moment
By Tim Pickl
08/27/12


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Characters:
K-REV Radio Announcer Michael
K-REV Radio Announcer Jacob
K-REV Radio Manager Carrie


Summary:
K-REV Christian Radio Announcers Michael and Jacob—stars of the famous Mike and Jake’s Morning Show—has an embarrassing moment.


(K-REV Announcers Mike and Jake are seated at an angled table, stage-left with 2 microphones facing them on the table. Both Mike and Jake are wearing large headphones covering their ears.)


MIKE
You’re listening to the Mike & Jake’s Morning Show on the All-new Digital Family-friendly Christian Radio Network K-REV. Today we are talking about forgiveness. What K-REVelation do people have about forgiveness?

JAKE
I think I know what most of our listeners think about forgiveness, Mike.

MIKE
Okay, Jake, I’ll bite. What do most of our listeners think about forgiveness?

JAKE
They like it. They ask for it all of the time, so they must like it.

MIKE
You mean when one of our listeners calls in, they say something like—

JAKE
Yessiree, Mike! They say, “Forgive me for bothering you.” So they must like it.

MIKE
I see, so you see it that they are using it as a way to soften you up so they can get on the air?

JAKE
Exactly, Big Mike. Mike? I need to ask you something.

MIKE
Anything for my best friend.

JAKE
Please forgive me for calling you Big Mike.

MIKE
And I respond to you with a big, “I forgive you, little Jake.” (laughs out loud)

JAKE
We are going to break now for a major announcement from K-REV’s Chief Executive Officer. (pauses)

MIKE
Jake, did you hear about what the CEO did, and why’s he’s stepping down?

JAKE
Actually, no I haven’t heard a thing. I was up late last night reading a book and then I was almost late to work this morning.

MIKE
(leans over, almost whispering) The CEO was caught taking a bunch of the donations people have made to K-REV.

JAKE
No way.

MIKE
Way! You saw his new Mercedes?

JAKE
Actually I think I’ve seen two of them.

MIKE
Right! He bought ‘em both with cash, last month.

JAKE
Wow.

(Carrie walks on stage-right)

MIKE
Then, you wanna hear the most juicy thing?

JAKE
He took that cruise with—

CARRIE
(motions her hand across her throat to cut them off) Gentlemen, you were still live on the air. I’ve switched it over to the CEO’s announcement.

MIKE
Ohhhh, my….

JAKE
Goodness gracious, indeed.

CARRIE
Looks like Jake forgot to switch over to the CEO’s recording. After your show today, I need to see both of you in my office.

MIKE and JAKE
Yes, ma’am.

CARRIE
I am letting you finish this show. I am not so sure about tomorrow.
(Carrie exits stage right)

MIKE
You’re listening to the Mike & Jake’s Morning Show on the All-new Digital Family-friendly Christian Radio Network K-REV. Well, Jake, how about that announcement from our CEO? We’re expanding K-REV into the biggest radio market in the country—New York City. Isn’t that exciting?

JAKE
I am pumped. I heard we get to go there and do a live show.

MIKE
We do? That’s awesome.

JAKE
Mike, I think you have something to tell me and our wonderful, faithful audience.

MIKE
Oh, you mean about the little conversation we had before the CEO’s Announcement?

JAKE
Yes.

MIKE
It wasn’t all that big of a deal, I was just—

JAKE
Come on, Mike. We were just talking about forgiveness. Mike, look at me.

MIKE
What do you mean?

JAKE
Come on, just look at me.

MIKE
Okay, what are you doing?

JAKE
Mike, please forgive me. I was wrong to let you tell me all those things without stopping you. Please forgive me for not switching over to the CEO’s announcement.

MIKE
That’s really admirable of you, Jake. In fact, it’s kind of humbling. Please forgive me for telling you all this gossip. Gossip is evil.

JAKE
Yes sir, it is. I turn it around, and call it “sipping on the goss.” Goss means ‘spit’.

MIKE
Gross!

JAKE
Exactly. The Bible says in Proverbs 20:17: Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

MIKE
So the gossip we partook in tasted sweet at first, but now I feel like my mouth is filled with gravel.

JAKE
It was definitely an embarrassing moment.

MIKE
I have an idea!

JAKE
Oh, oh.

MIKE
No, seriously. We need to humbly go to our boss and ask for mercy.

JAKE
Yes, forgiveness.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/30/12
I enjoyed this. The script format was intriguing and allows the reader to picture the scene as it unfolds.

As for the judges criteria, I fear your weakest one will be on topic. Though you mention sweet, it is sweet to the taste. You definitely touch on it, but some may find it a tad lacking.

With that said, I think your strongest criteria will be the beginning and the ending. You start out in a fresh way, that is interesting and the ending comes full circle. It left me feeling satisfied. It wasn't tied up neatly in a bow and I appreciate that.

In my opinion your absolutely strongest criterion is the message. Not only do you talk about how dangerous gossiping can be, but you also show how important forgiveness is. I can't imagine there are too many people out there who need these reminders. You expressed them in a kind and loving way and didn't come off as preachy or sanctimonious. Great read!
Camille (C D) Swanson 08/31/12
Realistic thoughts and dialogue, and a very interesting way of presenting the topic. Nicely done. God bless~