10… NPR’s Market Place reported yesterday on April 1st that the federal budget cutbacks, the Park Service is seeking to keeps parks open by selling sponsorships. From now on the giant Arch over St. Louis will be known as the McDonald’s – St. Louis Golden Arch.
#9 …Remember the year Randy Stevens reported high levels of Dihydrous-Monoxide was falling in the rain? Some folks working outside took heed, quit and went home. .
#8 …Back to yesterday’s report from Marketplace on NPR, on selling sponsorships for National Parks, the Statue of Liberty is to reopen from Hurricane Sandy damage with the help of the Liberty Insurance Company. The famous French monument will hereafter be known as “The Statue of Liberty Mutual.”
#7 … It was just a couple of years ago that Randy Stevens covered the news that I-385, which was being rebuilt, was going to re-open as a toll road with a $5 charge to travel from Clinton to Greenville.
#6 …The stories NPR was reported on Market Place yesterday came unglued when they reported on the National Monument at Wounded Knee. Apparently is was a bit too much to believe that it was going to be sponsored by Johnson and Johnson. Seems like the Johnson and Johnson Band aide Wounded Knee was a bit too much for some.
#5 … Remember when, in the midst of news that post offices would be closed, Good Morning Up-Country reported that most Laurens Count Post Offices were going to close, with Clinton Post Office remaining to serve all the county.
#4 … There was the April 1st when Randy maneuvered Emil out of the station and switched formats from Classic R & R to Country and Western.
#3 …There was a time – I think back in the 60’s – when Big Ways Radio of Charlotte created quite a panic with reports of a giant Amoeba that was approaching Charlotte.
#2 … There was the Year the Space Shuttle had technical difficulties and had to do an emergency landing at the Laurens County Airport.
# 1 … The best April Fool’s joke actually occurred on Halloween – October 30, 1948.
Radio listeners heard what they thought was a regular program interrupted with simulated live reports of an attack by Martians. The Orson G. Wells “War of the Worlds” show had a brief disclaimer at the start, which was quickly forgotten as people heard what appeared to be live reports from the scene in New Jersey reporting of the carnage.