Remember When 92 Moose Got in Legal Trouble on April Fool’s Day?
When it comes to April Fool's Day people absolutely love to have fun. Well, everyone that is committing the pranks that is, not necessarily the ones on the receiving end. This also goes for people who work in our industry, too- Radio.
Fortunately this didn't happen recently, though the story still lives on in infamy to this day and, even though I was only 3 years old at the time, I remember the details well.
The day was Monday, April 1st, 1991 and my father was on the air doing the Moose Morning Show. Of course it was April Fool's day and he was prepared to execute the idea he had been working on. Now remember, at this time there was no social media or many cell phones, so word of this being fake took a long LONG time to get around.
It all started when Jon James took to the airwaves that Monday morning and told his massive audience that the United States was making a change to its currency. All United States cash currency was switching from green to blue bills, and listeners only had until the end of business that day to get to their financial institutions and exchange all their cash for the new blue currency. People. Went. Wild.
There were lines out the door at local banks and calls coming into the police department about it. As you may have guessed by this point, it's not legal to cause public panic like this. Is it funny? Of course it is. Legal? No. And of course, because I'm his son and now host the show, every year management reaches out just to make sure I haven't lost my mind and am going to do something that gets us all sued.
As for what happened back in 1991, it was fortunately just a 'slap on the wrist', but could have been much worse considering the FCC involvement. And, look at the bright side, everyone's money is still green and valid.
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