No Turkeys Harmed During Annual WSC Turkey Drop

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Wayne State College hosted an annual turkey drop at Neihardt Residence Hall, Nov. 17. The tradition was modeled after the turkey episode of the old sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati.”
Those who remember the famous episode recall newsman Les Nessman’s description of turkeys dropping from a helicopter and hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement. Comedian Arthur Carlson as station manager said of the failed promo in the episode,  “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” No real turkeys were injured on Nov. 17 as Wayne State College student radio station KWSC 91.9 the Cat staged the Turkey Drop.
It’s become a fall tradition in which usually a donation of two cans of food for the local food pantry allows students to enter various items, then watch them shatter or splat on the south side of Neihardt Hall the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Entrants won in four categories: longest hang time, biggest splat, best dressed and sharpshooter — for the item that lands nearest the target painted on the tarp below.
The prize: a trophy with a turkey on top and a frozen turkey pot pie. Turkey Drop has been one of the biggest promotions the radio station does in the fall. It’s also good training for students at the college station, who must plan, promote and broadcast it live.

Other Winners included:
Best Dressed: Jennifer Fees of Blair, Josh Fremstad of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center back), Taylor Kramer of North Platte, Hannah Leddy of Omaha, Katie Aschoff of David City and Eve Ortmeier of Beemer.
(Kramer, Leddy and Aschoff made the entry.) People’s Choice: Sam Lottman, Fremont Longest Hang Time: Maddy Kraft, Blair Biggest Splat: Justise Brundage, Shelton.

Winding up for the Thanksgiving holiday, Wayne State College students Patrick Meuret of Norfolk and Elizabeth Connealy of Wayne congratulate each other on winning the “Sharp Shooter” prize for their entry in the turkey drop from the Catholic Newman Center.  Photo by Angie Steffen