It's probably impossible for you not to know what happened yesterday afternoon, but just in case somehow you missed it...
Yesterday at 2:50 in the afternoon, Eastern Time, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. At least three people were killed . . . including an 8-year-old boy . . . and at least 144 were injured. The investigation is just beginning, but it's considered an act of terror, no matter who's behind it.
We open the show talking with George Brown of 24/7 News in Boston, a news service provided by I Heart Radio. He updates us on the gruesome injuries caused mostly by debris, glass, and flying projectiles from the blast. George describes the confusion immediately following the explosions, and how the police had to check out all of the hundreds of backpacks left at the scene by runners and spectators.
George has only had an hour or two of sleep since the tragedy, and talks of being greeted by security as he was getting of his train home, and subjected to a pat down.
Tools With Sports
Tools talks about the cancellation of last night's Boston Bruins game because of the explosion. The Red Sox played an 11:05 game, and had been done playing for about an hour before chaos started, winning 3-2. At this point we're still not sure if the Sabres will be playing in Boston tomorrow.
The Red Wings are off to a bad start, losing last night to lower their record to 2-9. We explain to Marianne that means 2 wins and 9 losses.
We speak to Chili resident Katie Mutter, who ran in yesterday's Boston Marathon about her experience there yesterday. She had been done with the race for about an hour, and was cooling down, hanging out with her mom and sister when the explosion hit. They decided at that point the best thing they could do was get out of there, and immediately drove back to Rochester. This was only Katie's second marathon, the first being one in Rochester last year. She's still shaken up by what happened yesterday, especially since just an hour earlier her family was right where a bomb went off.
Another wiitness to the Boston Marathon explosions calls to tell us of his experiences. Sean Doherty is a fellow Clear Channel employee, working as a Top 40 DJ in Arizona, but is a Boston native who was home on vacation to visit friends and family, rooting on some buddies running the race. He says his life is changed forever by what he saw, and his recollections mirror what others have said... the fear, the whisperings of terrorism immediately after the explosion, the blood and gore, the conflict on whether to run away from the commotion, or to run towards it to try and help.
Doug With News
Obviously some more discussion of Boston, and the various stories from the explosion with Doug, but also in the news...
Doug gives us a behind the scenes look at what goes on at a TV station like his when something the the Boston bombings happen, and we'd like to thank him for helping get us guests for this morning.
A professor from Roberts Wesleyan named Lori Sousa calls us with some thoughts. She is a runner than was planning on participating in the marathon, but changed her mind because she felt she wasn't in the proper shape. She feels that whoever planned this terrorist attack had timed it for the most damage to human life, because when the bombs went of that was when most runners are crossing the finish line.
We're wondering why no one has claimed responsibility, because if you went to the lengths to do something this terrible ouldn't you want to let people know? Doug brings up the possibility that maybe the person responsible is injured or dead.
Another First Account
Boston journalist Chris Faraone is an accquaintance of Marianne's, and was hanging out near the site of the explosion when things went down yesterday. His take on the situation includes the level of reporting during something like this, and how writers that have been relegated to reporting on Kim Kardashian now get to do what they do best. Chris compares his situation yesterday to his being in NY on 9/11. Look for Chris' written piece HERE later today.
We have a ton of audio of the craziness surrounding the explosion yesterday. Here's a few pieces.
Wease and Billy debate whether the Mark Fuhrman in the above clip is the same Fuhrman that became notorious for being a racist police officer during the OJ Simpson trial. Wease says yes, Billy says no. We learn Wease was right after some research. We also talk about the different ways we learned what had happened during our days yesterday.
We speak to retired FBI agent Christopher Kerr about what the FBI and other law enforcement agencies will be doing in the upcoming days to find out who is behind the bombing in Boston. Wease asks what type of stuff can they find in a situation like this, and Mr. Kerr reminds us that the OKC bombing was solved partially by a piece of an axel that was found in the explosion sight. They will also be looking thru camera footage taken from street cameras and cel phones of people that were there.
Chris also tells us tales of other crime cases he's been involved in, stuff involving mobsters, drugs, guns, and Boston gangster Whitey Bulger.
Talking to Christopher Kerr reminded Wease that he has a brother-in-law that's also a retired FBI agent, so we call him. We always like talking to him because he's always so cheery, and sounds like Hank Hill from "King of the Hill".
Another Marathon Runner
Kirsten Ripple is a Hornell native that ran in yesterday's race, and tells her feelings of being so close to an act of terrorism. Wease also asks about her training regimen, and how she made the most famous marathon the first one she's ever run.
A caller remind us of a recent tweet that caused a bit of controversy. Anyone remember this message from Stevie Johnson...
@StevieJohnson13 War is nothing to be played with. I apologize North Korea........but if y'all do bomb 1st... Bomb Foxboro, Mass. Sincerely,#BillsMafia"
We wonder how Stevie is feeling right now.
Wease wants to hear a little "Ripple" from the Grateful Dead in honor of our girl Kirsten....
Barring more tragedy we'll be back to a normal style show with The Wease Crew, plus "Ask Wease", a call from actor/comedian Richard Belzer, a visit from Geva, and much more. It's nice to be important, but more important to be nice. Pray for Boston.