Presenters suspended for April Fool hoax
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Presenters suspended for April Fool hoax

Two presenters at Gator Country 101.9 in Lee County, Southwest Florida have been suspended indefinitely after an April Fools joke.

gatorcountryThe morning show duo, Val St. John and Scott Fish were pulled off air when Tony Renda, general manager at the Bonita Springs country music station first heard the prank.

The joke involved announcing that “dihydrogen monoxide” was coming out of county resident’s taps. Ddihydrogen Monoxide is another name for water.

“It is one thing when radio stations change their format or other crazy things they do,” Renda told NewsPress. “But you are messing with one of the big three, food, water or shelter. They just went too far; I just knew I didn’t like that.”

In the UK, stations weren’t quite so harsh with their pranks.

JACK fm South Coast said that they were transmitting a new high frequency which kills all insects and rodents.

FunKids convinced their listeners to smell their radio sets with the addition of “Stink Waves” technology and even created a video of how to do it.

Community radio station CSR announced it was flipping format to an all classical station, morphing in to Classical Sound Radio

JACK fm Hertfordshire claimed to be supporting a bid to bring back retro trains, backed by singer Kim Wilde after her recent singing on a train event.

Chester’s Dee 106.3 gave out a news item saying houses were going to be built on stilts on the River Dee and Moray Firth Radio revealed that plans were underway to offer free ice cream in schools.

Meridian Radio, an online station sent an internal memo to presenters explaining that all jingles on the station now have to be played in reverse because of speakers that are turned inside out to save energy, as part of a new European Union mandate.

And BBC Radio 2 announced Coldplay’s A Rush of Blood was voted the best album in a station poll. Oh, no, wait, that might be true.

Did you hear any others? Let us know.

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