Morning radio shows all love to get into the game now of spoofing the public on April Fool’s Day, including CBC Radio One where a Senator inexplicably leaves his gold-plated-pension lifestyle for the rough and tumble of civic politics. Okay, sure.
There was the time that CKNW radio did a spoof around developing Lost Lagoon. If you really want to make the Lost Lagoon idea strike a nerve, how about building a Casino on the lake? Or re-opening the lagoon to Coal Harbour and have a marina there? Start an Aqua Bus service across the pond with loud motorized boats that run until midnight? Come on, people, if you’re going to start a controversy give it some pizazz!
You want a good gag, IMHO, listen to what we did on Z95 FM on April 1st, 1994 (audio re-posted below). We got a lot of people really fired up that morning, which is the whole point of AFD Productions and “Karl Kruickshank,” my obnoxious character calling in from Dallas, TX.
A big shout to my great friend, the late Laura Janeshewski, for making this happen. She worked at the station at the time, and it was her idea to hold a Monster Truck show at English Beach. I just had to deliver it for Clay’s show, and in hindsight, it was pretty funny. Funny memory, we didn’t have a final reveal, so Clay woke me up the following morning to record it. You can hear it in my voice, I was still half asleep.