A radio station’s April Fool leaves listeners barking mad

The team from Corker Outdoor, Award sponsor Jason Varney (Thomson, Snell & Passmore) & Eamonn Holmes

Senior presenter at West Kent Radio, Nigel Peacock told listeners the four-legged sensation had the ‘bow-wow factor’ as the pooch was a social media sensation and was set to be a permanent presenter on the station.

But it was all part of an April Fool by the Camden Road broadcaster – although Pip’s CV is certainly no joke, as the dog actually has 20,000 Twitter followers.

In a tongue-in-cheek press release before the programme went out, Pip’s co-presenter for the day, Alex Hake joked: “Having such a big local star on West Kent Radio was wonderful.

“It was marvellous to be able to talk with Pip and watch him play some of his favourite tunes, including Sunny by Bone-y M, Hound Dog from Elvis Presley, and Crazy from Gnarls Bark-ley. Pip’s unique presentation style and his operating of the controls was a joy to watch.”

The Times has seen Pip’s full playlist of banging chew-ns and can reveal that it also included ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ by Gladys Knight & the Pips and ‘Puppy Love’ by Donny Osmond.

The community radio station ran the traditional media ‘April Fool’ before noon on Friday, in line with the convention that says the joke is on the prankster after midday.

Twitter was really busy,” said Nigel. “We had some requests come in while Pip was on air.”

@PipTheDog5, and listen to how WKR prank’s unfolded at the On Air – Recently Played section of westkentradio.co.uk, by selecting April 1 at 11am.

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