Eric Egan – was he or wasn’t he suspended
from Springbok Radio for telling a particular joke?
Springbok Radio! The first commercial radio station in South Africa
that took to the airwaves on 1 May 1950.
Remember Eric Egan?
The first voice on Springbok Radio with his breakfast show which was an absolute resounding success!
His daily “corny crack” and catch phrase “I Looooveee Yoouuu”
will always be remembered.
Please click here to watch Eric Egan’s Wake Up Song
“The Get Up Song” (1950’s/1960’s)
Eric Egan was supposedly suspended from Springbok Radio
for a short period for telling this joke on air:
How do you catch a polar bear?
You sprinkle peas around an ice hole.
When the polar bear comes to have a pea
you kick him in the ice hole!
The story goes that the joke did not go down well with Management,
but then again, it was the days of Scope magazine and no advertising on Sundays.
Well, we now have it on good authority, that this is in fact an urban myth.
And you can’t get better authority than Peter Egan, Eric Egan’s son.
Peter Egan told YEI “It was an urban myth – he never told that ‘polar bear’ joke on air. When he was suspended from Springbok Radio for a few months, I suspect the reasons were politically motivated. It was never made clear. It was the time of Apartheid and my dad and our family were known to be liberal in outlook and against Apartheid.