April Fool's Day On The Radio

Posted By James on Apr 04 2010 12:13 AM
Radio stations around the world took the opportunity to wind up their listeners on April Fools' Day, and we've been searching for some of the best.

They include BBC Radio 4 reporting how Shakespeare could be French, and Heart 106 convincing people in the East Midlands how most kettles made before 2009 won't work due to an electrical storm.

At exactly midnight, Real Radio's network overnight show in England and Wales played 15 minutes of country music, convincing listeners that overnight presenter Dave Miller was moving to a new show - the Drive Time Hoe Down, and weekend presenter Wes Butters is host of a new "Western Wes" show.

Glasgow's Celtic Music Radio also changed name to Country Music Radio for the morning.

107 The Bee in Lancashire convinced listeners afternoon host Adam Alcock was through to the live stages of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent show. So convincing was the message on Facebook, that The Sun newspaper ran an article about it, and the story about the story even made it to the local newspaper.

Radio Hartlepool said Hartlepool Uniteds' mascot, H'Angus was is in negotiations to sign as Newcastle Utds new mascot, much to the displeasure of locals, and Hertbeat FM announced David Blaine's latest stunt in Stevenage town centre meant he was encased in a 10ft Easter Egg and attempting to eat his way out by Easter Sunday.

Sun FM gave away One Thousand Tacks Free - which of course sounded like they were giving away One Thousand Pounds, Tax Free. Also in the north East, Real Radio sounded like it was suffering from interference when what sounded like the Real Radio Renegade said he was back with £100,000 to give away.

Pranks heard by Digital Spy forum users were Xfm saying they had 3D radio by putting copper coins on the radio for extra dimension, Real Radio Wales saying a 30ft killer shark had been spotted in Cardiff Bay, Beacon Radio saying the West Midlands is going to be renamed Central Mercia, and Your Radio Scotland said Eastenders was moving to Scotland to cut BBC costs.

Abroad, Z104 in Virginia Beach spent days promoting that rapper 50 Cent would be in town for a video shoot - something which back-fired when local police expressed concerns.

This morning the town of Bundaberg (Australia) was abuzz with excitement for the arrival of one of the world’s biggest celebrities – little did they know they were being fooled, April Fooled! Since late Tuesday afternoon Hitz Fm Bundaberg had been promoting the possible guest appearance of Lady Gaga at the studio for a brief visit during her world tour.

Listeners to 2CA and 2CC (Australia) could have been forgiven for thinking something was wrong with their radios during the 7am news today. 2CC’s Breakfast talkster Mark Parton swapped studio’s with 2CA’s Leighton Archer. For 30 minutes Mark played music on 2CA and Leighton took over Mark’s talk program on 2CC fooling a great number of listeners. Both stations received a number of phone calls from confused listeners who had no idea of the date. The good news is that all returned to normal at 7.30am, when both announcers returned to their correct studio’s to end their prank.

What were your April Fools pranks on your station? tell us in the comments below!

Sources: Jocks Journal, Radio Today



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