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Radio Station Prank Calls

Mon Aug 06, 2001 7:12 am

Back in New Jersey, my home state (I live in Hanover, NH for Dartmouth College) I was driving to work one day when a local radio station put on its tapes of Tony Soprano crank calls. For the uninitiated, Tony Soprano is the main character on HBO's The Sopranos, which showcases the New Jersey Sicilian mafia.

In any case, the producers had recorded hundreds of voice clips from Tony Soprano and they had "Tony" call a gun store in Arkansas. The inbred gun store owner was totally clueless to the fact that the person asking him to set up a mafia deal to run guns was actually a figment of Z100's imagination.


Has anyone else heard of any other similar prank calls by other radio stations? What shows or movies do they use?

Here are some of my ideas for prank calls:

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from Full Metal Jacket calls the National Organization of Women.

Bill Clinton makes a call to Britney Spears at home and starts busting a mack on her.

Puff Daddy calls Mike Tyson and tries to incite a gang war. (Careful, the producers REALLY have to identify themselves after that call or Mike Tyson's in serious trouble)
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RE: Radio Station Prank Calls

Mon Aug 06, 2001 9:43 am

When I was in college, I worked for the news department of a 50-000 watt public radio station affiliatied with our university. On days when the news director was out (he was not a student), this friend of mine and I would make prank phone calls (because it was 6:00 in the morning and we didn't feel like doing our jobs) on the station's equipment and tape them (they weren't aired though - we had no control over the format or programming - the station was professionally managed, it just employed a few students). ANYWAYS, we have hours and hours of these on tape, and nearly 10 years later, I still think they're brilliant and hysterically funny (so does everyone I play them for). We did this before the Jerky Boys were even heard of. I've been dreaming of making a CD out of these and selling them.
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RE: Radio Station Prank Calls

Mon Aug 06, 2001 10:29 am

A DJ up here caused some controversy when he found a number listed in the phone book listed under the name 'Dube' (which is actually pronounced 'doo-bay'). However, pronouncing the name as 'doob', he phoned up some older woman early in the morning and started asking questions like "So, what's it like to be a dube?" This went on the air without the woman's permission, and she was quite sore about it.

(I don't know if the term is used in other countries, but 'dube' is Canadian slang for a condom.)

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RE: Radio Station Prank Calls

Mon Aug 06, 2001 11:31 am

Here in Pittsburgh listen to 102.5 WDVE. They do these funny skits, prank calls, etc all the time. The morning show has a new one to play almost every morning. They deal with the widest variety of topics, I dont know even where to begin. A lot of times they deal with the local culture and language, "Pittsburghese." Some other ones off of the top of my head: The various Mr. Obvious Shows, some Mullet (hairstyle) talkshow with a bunch of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and of course the advice we can all use from the Confuscious (SP??) Says segments. Someone else from Pittsburgh help me out here!

A station I know of that is REALLY heavy into the prank calls in 93.3 THE WOLF out of Youngstown OH. They occur once, maybe twice an afternoon. Some are okay, but some are hilarious.

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RE: Radio Station Prank Calls

Mon Aug 06, 2001 11:50 am

Quite a number of years ago, on 100.7 WMMS here in Cleveland, the one guy DJ posed as an old, black woman, and prank called the makers of KY Jelly (If you don't know what it is, don't ask). So, the customer service rep. said "(manufacturer), How can we help you?" The guy said in the ol, black woman voice, "Ya, I wanna know where else I can buy this Kentucky Jelly besides the pharmacy." The rep. said, "Ma'am, what are you talking about?" the guy said, "Ya'll know, that KY Jelly, Kentucky Jelly. Does it come in any other flavors? I just think it tastes sooo good on my toast! It's sooo good, my children, and grandchildren just can't stop eatin it. We be distressed though, cuz we got to drive to the pharmacy to get it. And it only comes in that flavor. I will pay for a monthly supply shipped right to my door. And I want it in other flavors. Thank you Hunny."

Least to say, the representative was quite distressed.
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RE: Radio Station Prank Calls

Mon Aug 06, 2001 11:53 am

Too funny. I think our radio stations here are pretty lame. I used to listen to Howard Stern but they took him off the air here. Now I listen to CDs on the way to work in the morning. I used to have some hilarious tapes of me and friends making prank calls, wish I could find them. This was long before the Jerky Boys. Sure wish caller ID hadn't come out and made it so hard to prank call people  Sad
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RE: Radio Station Prank Calls

Mon Aug 06, 2001 1:00 pm

A station here in the Detroit area, Q955fm, does that kind of stuff regularly..

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RE: Radio Station Prank Calls

Tue Aug 07, 2001 12:27 am

There are a few stations in Boston that do that, mostly Mix 98.5 and Jamn 94.5. Jamn's is kinda lame. However, Mix's can be classic.

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