Radio stations around the country once again took advantage of April Fool’s Day to make up almost believable stories for listeners.
Heart North Wales with Spence McDonald pretended to have Hollyoaks actress and model Jessica Harris as the new co-host, but after a number of swears words during her first link, she was fired. Hear that clip here:
KLFM went with the country music format idea and rebranded as DOLLY FM. The hit country music station for country people. Breakfast host and PC Adam Newstead handed over the reins to Rick Pony and they played nothing but country music till 9 when audience feedback apparently made them change back. Then mid-morning presenter Ryan Taylor wound up his boss by pretending to leave his mic open during a song and order flowers, giving out his full card details, and security information on the air.
Radio Scilly told listeners that islanders would be subject to an Athens-style congestion plan, where cars with an odd numbered final digit on the registration will be allowed to drive in to town on odd-numbered dates. A local cllr and police Sargent joined in the joke too.
Graham Mack and the BOB FM team pretended to host a concert with Status Quo, Robbie Williams, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Oasis, Lady Gaga, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, George Michael, Duran Duran, Tom Jones, Led Zeppelin and many more. And broadcast it ‘live‘ on the radio.
Radio Borders announced new research which revealed Hawick locals have missed the 500th anniversary of the battle of Hornshole by a year, and that plans to celebrate the event this year will not take place.
Radio Carmarthenshire & Scarlet FM Presenter Jay Curtis decided to announce on his radio show that singer Kate Bush had announced a further one-off special gig in Carmarthenshire this year, in addition to the 22 shows previously announced at the Apollo, Hammersmith, in London. Thousands of listeners gathered at a local ticket office to buy the tickets..
Metro Radio / TFM tried to convince listeners a shark had been spotted in the River Tyne.
Heart London had JK and Lucy (in for Jamie and Emma at the moment) broadcasting “live” from the London Underground whilst Simon Ross on Radio City in Liverpool said a female band member was being added to One Direction.
Paul Stainton’s Bigger Breakfast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire had a scientific breakthrough in the field of animal calming, Music for Cats and Dogs, inaudible to humans:
Ian and Vanessa at Kingdom FM chatted about the news that the new Queensferry Crossing across the Forth is to be painted pink and yellow like the Scotland Football away strip.
Bro Radio announced that Tom Jones was to sing an exclusive concert on Barry, but then had to announce it was just a joke.
The Bee in Lancashire operated with an hour delay, telling listeners they’ve automatically been re-tuned to The Bee +1 service, complete with “this is a repeat” disclaimers.
BFBS in Catterick went live from the brand new town centre development which had begun ahead of schedule. Reporter Warwick Mead was “live” from the scene describing how the bulldozers were moving in and getting reaction from locals.
Pure Radio had breaking news, that an Egyptian tomb has been discovered under Stockport’s own Pyramid and on Pulse Radio in Cheddar, host Dave Englefield along with Charlotte Fay spoke to Dr Olof Prial, a Norwegian businessman who was negotiating to buy Cheddar Gorge with the intention of turning it into a theme park, complete with the worlds longest log flume.
Finally, Xfm created an entire news bulletin which was “complete nonsense”. Have a listen below: