I recently asked around what some of the April Fool's Day jokes folks had been involved in or seen or heard of at any radio station, not only KAAY. Here are the entries:
Charlie Okle, friend of Tommy Riggs: "Well, here's mine. The two main stations here in Pine Bluff, KCLA and KPBA switched announce staff for the day a year or so before I became an announcer. About 1960. Totally confused the audiences and lit up the phones!!!"
And from a couple of contributors on Radio-Info Boards:
"In 1987, Zoo 98's Uglee Jerry and his wife swapped with KSSN's Bob Robbins. I don't remember much about it except that we had to keep telling Bob how to pronounce the artist's names. He was pretty game for it, though."
(Bob Robbins [Bob Spears] moved from KAAY at the end over to KSSN and has been there ever since. bs)
And, from Rich Moellers on Radio-Info Boards:
"I remember the Uglees and Bob switching. If memory serves, Uglee Jerry said he was Bob Robbins, and his wife said, 'and I'm Mrs. Bob.' Of course, we get the annual memo from legal counsel at corporate about stunting - kinda takes some of the fun out of it!"
Someone from Georgia adds, "Two stations in Valdosta, Ga switched morning shows. One was a hot ac station, one was a rock station. The rock guys were saying, 'I know none of this music!!!' It was pretty funny!"
Now, as much fun as folks had at KAAY, I haven't found anyone who can admit to having pranked anyone...as David B. Treadway said, "For the life of me, I can't remember any April Foolishness on-air at KAAY. 'Course, I might have been taking everything too seriously at the time..."
Suffice it to say, we'll leave it there, as the staff at KAAY worked HARD at making the station as fun and interesting to us, the listener! We can be grateful for that and will always remember their efforts!
And, with that, have a happy April Fool's Day! Watch your back!
Bud S. (firstname.lastname@example.org)