Thursday, April 7, 2011

Love On the Rocks ... Ain't No Big Surprise

By John Bauer

  April Fool's Day is celebrated in different countries around the world every year.  It's not a national holiday ... but widely recognized and celebrated as a day when thousands of people play all kinds of good-humored hoaxes and practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and in this case ... KAXE listeners.
   The April Fool's version of KAXE Morning Show last Friday with John Bauer and Heidi Holtan announced that Neil Diamond would be the closing act at the 91.7 KAXE Mississippi River Festival, July 16th.  Tickets would go on-sale at 9 AM sharp and no sooner.  Phones perplexed ... Facebook frenzied... Twitters twit ... Emails exploded and blogs blew!   Word spread faster than mayonnaise on warm bread!  Holly Holy ... was it true ... the Solitary Man was comin' to town?
   At 9 AM ... $#!% hit the fan!  People showed up at our door.  Hundreds of ticket requesting phone calls were answered with April Fools!  99% of the people were able to laugh at themselves for being taken.  Others weren't so happy.  I sincerely apologize to those who were offended and I applaud those who were able to laugh at themselves.   

3 comments:

Stevens F Johnson said...

My wife and I were excited at the prospect (me more than her) but we were deeply suspicious, since it was April 1 AND the story was being promoted by John Bauer, a known trickster of world class. The level of anticipation was exceeded only by the disappointment and the (positive) appreciation of a well-crafted joke. Congratulations on a very good set up for what might go down as one of the best April Fool's trick in memory.

Jack said...

Nowhere near as bad as whoever put quick drying glue on a toilet seat at Wal-mart. Now that's a dirty trick.

BTW, Is that what broke the phone system?

Anonymous said...

I thought it was hilarious! It would be even funnier if Neil did show up after all that! Hey, it could happen....