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April Fools’ Day on the radio

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 [link=http://www.celticmusicradio.net/]Celtic Music Radio[/link] 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 [link=http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=11816783&id=10150113589825717]article[/link] about it, and the story about the story even made it to the local [link=http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/7983803.East_Lancashire_DJ___s_April_Fool_s_prank_success/]newspaper[/link].

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 [link=http://post.radiotoday.co.uk/audio-april-fools-promo-sun-fm]sounded[/link] 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 [link=http://post.radiotoday.co.uk/real-radio-renegade-returns]sounded[/link] like the Real Radio Renegade said he was back with £100,000 to give away.

Pranks heard by [link=http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=1238109]Digital Spy forum users[/link] 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 [link=http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/archive/2010/04/02/716869.aspx]concerns[/link].

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