Fools Rush In
Last Monday morning, the KUSF airwaves were abuzz with news that longtime DJ Terrible Ted sat sweating it out in the slammer after lifting a clutch cable from a dormant motorcycle when his own gave out during a China Basin ride. According to DJ Larry Love, the fuzz booked Ted because the ripped-off bike owner decided to press charges, even though the Terrible one penned a note saying he'd return the part. Then Love added the sad story of Ted's sordid, pre-KUSF life -- a few pubescent busts totaling two strikes before he found reform at the station. Was Ted bound for San Quentin on a third strike? Love's set was all solidarity. "I don't speak too eloquently, but I try to think what I can do as a DJ, and that's play music. This one goes out to Ted," Love said, launching into songs like Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," Charles Mingus' "Freedom," and the Clash's "Police on My Back." The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" would have been more appropriate. It was the station's annual April Fools' gag, which prompted calls throughout the day from listeners, attorneys, this writer, MCM & the Monster (offering to play a benefit), and even Ted's cousin, an SFPD employee. Ted, who works in Brisbane, beyond KUSF's signal, caught up with the broadcast in the waning hours of the prank as he was commuting home. "It was funny," says Ted, "because by then, I think I had broken out from jail and was last seen driving down 101 in a white Bronco."
By Silke Tudor, Jeff Stark