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Lying To Those Who Have Heard Every Lie In The Book

For our show this week, we wanted to talk to someone who hears lies all the time: Tow truck drivers. That’s what Sound Effect Executive Producer Erin Hennessey suggested. She sent 88.5’s Simone Alicea to a towing company in Bellevue to talk to someone who’s heard it all.

But it turns out Erin wasn’t being totally forthcoming, herself, about the role she had cast for these drivers. She and Simone sat down to compare notes about their impound experiences.

While Erin was in college, she drove a massive, gas-guzzling car. It often ran out of gas, so she would park wherever she could find space, which often meant places she wasn’t supposed to park. She was towed multiple times and got creative with her excuses.

One time she told the tow company that the place she parked, a spot where it was only OK to park on Sundays and holidays, was an acceptable spot because it was Canadian Thanksgiving.

Erin found the people that towed her car to be unamused and downright scary. But when Simone went to the company in Bellevue, she had an entirely different experience. Her story may have convinced Erin that these people aren’t so bad after all. 

This story originally aired on Nov. 12, 2016

Before accepting the position of News Director in 1996, she spent five years as knkx's All Things Considered Host and filed news stories for knkx and NPR. Erin is a native of Spokane and a graduate of the University of Washington and London's City University - Center for Journalism Studies. Erin worked in the film industry and as a print journalist in London and New York before returning to Seattle to work in broadcast news.
Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.
A Seattle native and former KNKX intern, Simone Alicea spent four years as a producer and reporter at KNKX. She earned her Bachelor's of Journalism from Northwestern University and covered breaking news for the Chicago Sun-Times. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, covering metro news for the Cape Times.