Let’s start off LOCALLY!
April 1 and we’re pretty sure it was the late 1990’s and it definitely The End in Seattle: They sent hundreds of listeners to a Metro Park-N-Ride for a fake Pearl Jam show. They all thought that was SO funny!
And now for the rest of them… (with the help of the internet)
April 1, 2008 – The Rock FM, a New Zealand radio station, had originally promised listeners an intimate performance by The Foo Fighters, expecting maybe to fool 50 listeners who might show up for the fake concert. The phones rang off the hook and the station admitted it was all a hoax and apologized to listeners. (D- lacking creativity)
April 1, 2002 – a pair of Kansas City DJs scared their listeners by announcing that water in nearby town of Olathe contained high levels of a dihydrogen monoxide. (Dihydrogen monoxide is actually H2O, or water.) Side-effects included urination and prunning of the skin. About 150 listeners called the water department, and more than two-dozen dialed 911. “It’s a terrorist act,” a city official said. (B+ for their chemistry smarts)
April 2, 2012 – a duo of highly uncreative Florida DJs pulled the same silly stunt. (F-)
April 1, 2004 – Howard Stern, in the middle of indecency charges, started his show with his station manager announcing that Stern’s show had been cancelled because of the charges. Two other DJs then played music for an hour with “all the fun without the filth”. The phone lines were flooded with complaints until finally Stern came back on and said, “We are back for anybody who was stupid enough to fall for that.” (A- for getting his boss involved)
April 1, 2003 – Cleveland DJ Shane French got a lot of attention when he told his audience he had tethered a cat to helium balloons and that the poor thing had floated away. Faked “reports” from listeners added to the horror. The cops showed up and told Shane to bag it. (F for percieved animal cruelty)
April 1, 1992 – Even NPR got into it when John Hockenberry got famed impersonator Rich Little to be the voice of Richard Nixon. Hockenberry reported that Nixon had decided to run for President again and aired the audio clips by Little: “I never did anything wrong, and I won’t do it again.” Hockenberry then asked real guests for their political analysis. Uptight Public Radio Listeners phoned in their dismay! (A+ for cutting loose on NPR)
April 1, 1980 -The BBC announced to listeners that Big Ben, the very large and famous clock in London, was going to be converted from analog to a digital readout. Listeners were aghast! (A+ for messing with a landmark)
April 1, 2004 – The “Mark and Dave Show” told their naive listeners they would be fined up to $150 if their dogs, cats and ferrets weren’t buckled into seat belts. The local animal shelter and the sheriff’s office were deluged by phone calls. (B- for thinking outside the box)