South Florida DJs offer take on prank calls

Illegal to record another person without their consent in Florida

Published On: Dec 10 2012 02:30:49 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 10 2012 11:00:20 PM EST
MIRAMAR, Fla. -

Two South Florida radio show hosts offered their take on the two Australian DJs who prank called a hospital where Kate Middleton was staying, which may have led to the suicide of a nurse who spoke to the pair.

"It just goes to show you how quickly things can turn bad in a harmless way," said Ron Brewer, co-host of the "Paul and Young Ron" show. "The best way to avoid this is pretty obvious -- don't do pranks."

"In the State of Florida, it's illegal to record someone without their permission and put them on the radio without their permission," said Paul Castronovo, Brewer's co-host. "As far as somebody losing their life over something so trivial, I think you've got to dig a little deeper and see what's really going on."

Mel Greig and Michael Christian told two Australian television shows Monday that their thoughts are with the family of Jacintha Saldanha, the 46-year-old nurse who put the prank call through to the ward where the duchess was. Saldanha apparently committed suicide Friday.

"I'm very sorry and saddened for the family, and I can't imagine what they've been going through," Greig said on the program "Today Tonight."

Christian described himself as "gutted, shattered and heartbroken."

"For the part we played, we're incredibly sorry," Christian said on "Today Tonight."

Greig and Christian said they never expected the prank call to be successful.

Posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, the pair said they thought their bad accents would give them away and whoever answered the phone at the hospital would hang up on them.

"We wanted to be hung up on with our silly voices," Greig said.

"We assumed that we'd be hung up on, and that would be that," Christian said.

But they were put through to the duchess's ward and given some details of her medical condition.

"It was never meant to go that far. It was meant to be a silly little prank that so many people have done before," Greig said.

It was Saldanha who put the call through.

"If we played any involvement in her death, then we're very sorry for that," said Greig, who described how she found out about Saldana's apparent suicide.

"It's the worst phone call I've had in my life," she said, fighting tears.