Everyone at the Radio Station and Most of America Wants Joe Dredge’s New Toy
My WROK Morning Show partner, Joe Dredge, is a self-confessed fidgeter. He has to be constantly tapping on something, clicking a pen, disassembling the aforementioned pen, twisting around a paperclip, bouncing a ball, etc.
However, now that a new device--which had to have been created for all you Joe Dredges out there--is selling like crazy, the pens and paperclips and bouncy rubber balls have all taken a back seat to it. The device (or toy, or whatever) is called the Fidget Spinner. It's the purple thing pictured above.
A fidget spinner is a type of stress-relieving toy. A basic fidget spinner consists of a bearing in the center of a design made from any of a variety of materials including brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper and plastic. The toy may help people who have trouble focusing or fidgeting by acting as a release mechanism for nervous energy or stress. Although they were invented in the 1990s, fidget spinners became a popular toy in 2017, as fidget toys in general began experiencing mainstream popularity. Often marketed with health benefits, the toy began being used by school children, resulting in some schools banning the spinners, arguing that the toy became a distraction in classrooms.
Distraction in classrooms? What about radio stations? We have four radio stations in our building and everyone who works here has been down to WROK to check out, and then play with, Joe's new toy. Several of those people, tiring of the long walk down the hallway to our studios, have opted to buy their own.
Still not familiar?
Admit it. Now you want one.
I don't either.