April Fool’s Day pranks on radio stations
A number of radio stations attempted to fool listeners once again this year with jokes on April Fool’s Day. There’s always too many to write about but here are a few we spotted.
Radio Carmarthenshire, and Radio Ceredigion Breakfast Presenter Jay Curtis revealed a huge seam of gold had been found in Carmarthenshire, meaning it could become Wales’s answer to Klondike.
Forth 1 turned the tables on co-host Arlene after listeners were asked to be part of the prank by sending in reports that an Ostrich had escaped from the zoo and was causing traffic problems.
BBC Radio Kent told listeners they had discovered a rare teapot worth £20,000 – then dropped it live on-air.
Sun FM put out Indian music and speech interrupting the breakfast show, leading to listeners calling and texting the studio. Breakfast hosts Simon Grundy and Danielle Moore then revealed all saying it was an April Fool.
BBC Radio 4’s Today programme claimed Leicester City were set to be honoured by Walker’s Crisps with a new flavour ‘Blue Leicester’.
Sunshine Radio’s Shaun Moore and Paul Ellery convinced listeners this morning that the world’s first beer pipeline was to be built in Herefordshire.
Premier reported that a church in London has announced it’ll give iPads as gifts to every new person to visit the church on its Eucharist service on Friday.
Spirit FM said Bognor was going to lose its Regis status.
Hull Kingston Radio rebranded as U2FM – saying it was going to be playing nothing but songs from U2.
On Brighton’s Juice 107.2 breakfast show, they exclusively revealed the news that The Flying Scotsman was arriving at Brighton station on Friday morning! Throughout the show, hosts Dan Gasser and Hanne Neter crossed live to James Dunham who was at the station waiting for the arrival of the iconic train.
News reader Rhys Phillips and breakfast presenter Georgina Sammut convinced listeners to Radio Cardiff that the Welsh Government had announced 1st March (St. David’s Day) as a new bank holiday for 2017.
Meanwhile, in Australia, WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda reported a new bridge tax was being introduced locally, getting listeners wound up. HOT FM’s Courtney and Johnno played nothing but Backstreet Boys’ songs from 6.30am to 8.30am and announced them as other songs. See more on these and other pranks on Australian radio on RadioToday.com.au
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Want to hear some of the audio from these pranks? Listen at 11am – 12pm to inRadio for an April Fool’s Day special.