Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

April 1 Offerings, We Kid You Not

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

April 1 Offerings, We Kid You Not

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From fake format flips to preposterous promotions, April Fool's Day is often a day of mirth and merriment at radio stations.

Stations like to have a laugh or two with and on their listeners.

I hope I am not being hoaxed, but here are a few happenings scheduled for next Friday.

* WPSC-FM (88.7) is thinking outside the guitar case this April Fool's Day

The William Paterson University station will devote the entire day -- from 9 a.m. to midnight -- to the music of the ukulele.

The idea for the day began as an offhand joke from the station's general manager, Rob Quicke. But according to station manager Risa Pappas, the student management team seized the idea and would not let go of it.

"Devoting an entire day to one sweet little instrument is admittedly an offbeat concept, but these are the kinds of things that only college radio can do," said Pappas, a 2008 communications graduate of the school. "Personally, I'm having a great time preparing for this marathon of cutesy righteousness, especially since, oddly, I happen to know a lot of uke players."

Pappas says the day will be filled with "uke tracks, a Tiny Tim tribute and live uke music by local acts -- plus uke facts, swapping uke stories and telling tales of uke lore."

* If you were a fan of WHTZ-FM's (100.3) "Morning Zoo" during the '80s, this might be an event for you.

Next Friday -- I don't think this is an April Fool's joke -- WCBS- FM (101.1) and "Scott Shannon in the Morning" will flash back with a "Morning Zoo" reunion show featuring Shannon's old co-hosts, Ross Brittain, Claire Stevens and Jonathan B. Bell.

Shannon posted this to his Facebook page: "Flashback to the '80s Morning Zoo Reunion: Live April 1st! Ross Brittain, Claire Stevens and Jonathan B. Bell (and maybe even Mr. Leonard) join The Big Show for one special day! It's all going down in the Adorama Theater at CBS Radio on April 1st! …

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