April Fool's Radio Stunts? Move Along ... Nothing To See Here ...
April 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM (PT)
It's ARBOR DAY once again and, as is the custom, savvy radio stations across the country are staging events to sacrifice their first-born bagel to the schmeer gods. Promotion debutante PAIGE "I BEFORE E EXCEPT IN MY FIRST NAME" NIENABER took time out from his real career -- giving breast augmentations to chickens to boost sales of his BEMIDJI FRIED FOWL chain -- to expose some of the more depraved -- er, creative stunts.
Let's start with KDWB/MINNEAPOLIS morning muse DAVE RYAN, who dutifully alerted his listeners to new state restrictions on water recreation.
CIGM (HOT 93.5)/SUDBURY, ON morning co-host SHERRI pranked her ex-bf -- four years after they broke up -- by calling him and claiming they had a four-year-old kid together ...and even borrowed a friend's child to say, "Hi, Daddy!" ... What ... too soon?
In a spirit of cluster cooperation, SUMMIT MEDIA brought all their stations together for a daylong broadcast from HAMBOREE in BIRMINGHAM, complete with traffic updates and, interviews with “attendees” and all the stuff you’d hear from a daylong ‘cast from a festival ... especially one that doesn’t exist.
WROR/BOSTON is doing all their imaging in Spanish today and changed the RDS to remind people that it’s 4/1. Here’s their promo and a response:
EFFECTIVE APRIL 1st, 2014, 105.7 WROR IS COMPLYING WITH A NEW MANDATE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF USWTF.
THIS REQUIRES US TO BROADCAST A MINIMUM OF 77.9% OF OUR PROGRAMMING IN SPANISH TO ACCOMMODATE NEW SAP RADIO GUIDELINES.
OUR MUSIC WILL REMAIN IN ENGLISH ... FOR NOW. CURRENTLY, THIS ONLY AFFECTS THE ITEMS BETWEEN THE MUSIC, WHICH WILL NOW BE OFFERED IN SPANISH UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. IF YOU ARE RECEIVING THE BROADCAST MESSAGES IN SPANISH, YOU MAY HAVE AN AUTOMATIC SAP BUTTON EMBEDDED IN YOUR RADIO.
WE HAVE POSTED INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DISABLE THIS FEATURE AT WROR DOT COM SLASH SAP WTF. WE ALSO URGE YOU TO SIGN THE PETITION THERE URGING CONGRESS TO RECONSIDER THIS INVASIVE LEGISLATION.
MUCHAS GRACIAS FROM ALL OF US HERE AT 105.7 WROR.
Actual listener e-mail: Are you serious doing the news in Spanish? I don’t think I am going to listen anymore if you guys are going to bend over. THIS IS AMERICA. WE SPEAK ENGLISH!"
BTW: The website linked to the morning show.
KKRZ (Z100)/PORTLAND alerts its listeners to a new state law that taxes pets.
BELL MEDIA Hot AC CJFM (VIRGIN RADIO 96) and sister Rock CHOM (97.7)/MONTREAL flipped frequencies this morning between 7-8a with CHOM morning personalities TERRY and HEATHER B. playing AC/DC on VIRGIN RADIO 96 and FREEWAY & NATASHA spinning KATY PERRY on CHOM 97.7. To hear some of the listener's reactions, click here.
CIHT (HOT 89.9)/OTTAWA reported that the Canadian government has instituted a 5 cents tax on selfies. I know what you're thinking: "Why didn't our government think of this? It would wipe out our debt problems in three weeks!"
WDZH (98.7 AMP-FM)/DETROIT is airing a recruitment spot for EXTACY VIDEOS, who are in town auditioning actors and actresses to be the next big porn star. Go to PAIGE's website (and yes, he outsources site maintenance to some wussy firm in AUSTRALIA) and the spot will play automatically.
KZZP/PHOENIX (and syndicated) morning duo JOHN JAY and RICH had a much-heralded and promoted interview with KIM and KANYE that kept cutting out.
KDOG (HOT 96.7)/MANKAT0, MN undoubtedly outraged concerned parents by revealing that MANKATO is one of only 18 school districts in the nation that allows water laced with DHMO to be sold in the schools. Gets them every time.
KRTH (K-EARTH)/LOS ANGELES spent the past few days promoting that change is coming. And today, it did. All day call in and win whatever change (coins) are in DAVE MASON’s pocket.
WKRQ (Q102)/CINCINNATI's JEFF, JEN and FRITSCH schooled their listeners on how to pull off pranks.
KVOO/TULSA morningsters CARLY and SUNNY pranked their cohost ROWDY into believing that someone had advertised on CRAIGSLIST, under his name, looking to purchase drag queen attire.
KSON/SAN DIEGO morning duo JOHN and TAMMY had their morning show done by kids today.
WSPK (JAMMIN’)/NEW LONDON, CT ran spots for DOGGIE DISAPPEAR, a client that will make your dog “go away” if they’re bad, naughty or you’ve just gotten bored with having them.
WKZT (HOT 98.1)/GREENVILLE, SC and “listeners” covered the re-entry and crash of space junk that landed in the middle of a busy intersection.
WDAY (Y-94)/FARGO, ND had exclusive audio of a phone call that JUSTIN BIEBER made from his cell. The audio's very sketchy, so be sure to turn this up so everyone in your office can hear it!
MAX MEDIA/NORFOLK is playing mix and match with their air staffs today.
WJYE/BUFFALO morning princess LAURA DANIELS walked naked through the halls and also reported on a new policy for the local ball club where only people who are left-handed can sit on the 3rd base side of the park.
WKHY (HOT 104.5)/KNOXVILLE replaced its12 o’clock feature, an Old School lunch mix, with the new "12 o'clock Lunch 'n' Grind." Nothin but baby makin' music for 60 minutes -- R&B'd for your pleasure.