The Telephone: Beep Line

One evening last year Joseph Jaarus, 19, of Grand Rapids dialed local radio station WLAV to ask that Disk Jockey Tom Quain play his favorite number, I Need You. As usual, the line was busy. But just as he was about to hang up, Joseph thought he heard a babble of voices through the beeps of the busy signal. "Hello?" he ventured, curiously. "HELLO!" shouted some of the voices. Joseph Jaarus had made contact with the beep line.

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