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A funny thing happened on the way to the radio station

by KTNA Staff ~ July 29th, 2011

A web special – This is a story will not air, but is a story of how our hometown operates.  KTNA, as long time residents know, is a clearinghouse for all things lost and found.  Your lost wallet, a lost dog, a found jacket and so on.  On Tuesday, a kind person turned in an expensive smart phone to KTNA.  An announcement went on the air. The phone was locked, so staff could not get any information off the phone.  Early Friday morning, yet another phone was turned in by a kind and honest soul.  This time there was a bit of success, because it was possible to get the phone number off the phone.  Staff called “home” and spoke with the father of the owner.  Then something really odd happened.  The father gave KTNA the name of the business his son was apprenticing for, we called the business and the owner said, “Oh, my son has lost his cellphone”.  How confusing.  But soon, two young men, perhaps brothers (with different fathers) appeared at KTNA’s doorstep.  Sure enough, the younger boy had lost his smart phone on Tuesday.  The older teen had lost his cellphone in another location 3 days later. Neither boy is from Talkeetna, the youngest is here for a short time visiting and the older teen is an apprentice this summer in Talkeetna.   The phones have been connected to the owners. All’s well that ends well.

3 Responses to A funny thing happened on the way to the radio station

  1. Rodney Hughey

    What a terrific story. That’s just one of the many reasons I am glad that KTNA is my hometown radio station. You’ve served a good deed. You reported with an entertaining story. You remind me of the great things done by some wonderful souls in my community. Thanks!

  2. Dori Wallis

    Thanks for sharing this story. I was walking with three young friends when we found one of the phones. We discussed what to do. One thought we should take it to the free box, one thought we should keep it and one stated it was not ours and someone would be sad if they could not find it. We decided to take it to the station so an announcement could be made. The children were excited, each carried the phone for awhile as we walked to the station. I was supprised to see the story but I printed it and shared it with my young friends. They are proud they did the right thing. This is how kids learn, they will never forget you wrote about a good deed they did.

  3. Cari Sayre

    Thanks for the good news. I wish this story had been aired, as I think we could all use a few hopeful stories among the more “newsworthy” ones. Stories like this remind us of our connectedness and our responsibility to each other and to our community. We can all make a difference.