Washington State’s Biggest April Fool’s Day Prank Was a Disaster
What's The Biggest April Fool's Day Joke In Washington State History?
Do You Recall This April Fool's Day Prank About The Space Needle?
If not, you'll want to hear this story because it was a complete failure but also brilliant in its conception.
A good April Fool's Day prank or joke is brilliant when you can pull off some good ole harmless fun and laugh about it later.
I've often been asked why radio stations don't do April Fool's pranks anymore and it's pretty simple to explain. The odds are that you'll either be hated or sued afterward.
I once worked at a radio station in Yakima where they had to pay $6000 out for a prank and since that day, it's kind of been a no-no to attempt a stunt, especially on April Fool's Day.
Here is the stunt:
Famous alumni of "Almost Live" include Bill Nye The Science Guy and Joel McHale.
On April 1, 1989, Almost Live aired a fake news report claiming that the Space Needle had collapsed due to high winds.
The report included doctored footage of the Space Needle collapsing and interviews with people who claimed to have witnessed the event. The hoax quickly spread, and the 911 lines were jammed to the point of shutdown.
One cast member Tracey Conway was even in the eyewitness interview which played into the skit but viewers didn't notice and believed that the actual space needle had fallen.
The video even shows the words April Fool's Day across the top.
The prank received widespread backlash and criticism, with many people expressing anger at the station for causing unnecessary panic and distress.
The show had to go on the next week and apologize for the stunt but I'm thinking if you are looking for the biggest failed and funniest April Fool's joke in Washington State, that one might take the cake.