Alcohol Awareness Month April 1-30
Some mornings I’m more aware than others. Helps to raise awareness of the hazards of underage drinking. Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism/Drug Dependence. Call Rebecca at 212-206-6770.
St. Stupid Day April 1
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month April 1-30
APAWS Intl. Pooper Scooper Week April 1-7
Stuff that you did not know: the Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists tells us that this country’s 71 million pet dogs create 4.4 billion pounds of waste annually, which is enough to cover 900 football fields in 12 inches of the stuff. www.apaws.org if you dare.
Couple Appreciation Month April 1-30
Donald Etkes, who has a PhD and is probably smarter then about 98.7 % of the people reading this, encourages us to appreciate our significant other. 310-281-0123.
Pillow Fight Day April 1
Distracted Driving Awareness Month April 1-30
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month April 1-30
You never know when you’ll have to give a ferret the Heimlich Maneuver. Call 619-589-7475.
Car Care Month April 1-30
Emotional Overeating Awareness Month April 1-30
Just sitting here in my pajamas with the feet up, eating double chip ice cream and looking through boxes of old photos of…Dana…sigh. Denise Lamothe says to stop anesthetizing yourself with sugar and simple carbohydrates. Get over it and email her at [email protected]
Every Day Is Tag Day April 1
Cigarette Advertising Banned On Radio and TV: 47th Anniversary April 1, 1970
Child Abuse Prevention Month April 1-30
April Fools Day April 1
If there ever was a holiday created for Radio, this is it. I’ve e-mailed out a batch of ideas for this and have talked to a couple stations that have great stunts in the works.
National Fun Day April 1
The folks at www.aignerprensky.com want you to hearken back to a simpler time when April Fools was celebrated with pepper gum, rubber dog doo and exploding cigarettes. None of which would now make it past a corporate attorney.
Laugh At Work Week April 1-7
Happy employees make productive employees. Or so goes the train of thought. Call Randall Munson at 507-286-1331.
n“General Hospital” Debuts April 1, 1963
(When you think of Laura, please laugh, don’t cry. I know she’d want it that way)
National Autism Awareness Month April 1-30
Pharmacists War On Diabetes April 1-30
Annual month of education and focus on helping the public be aware of symptoms and treatments for the disease. www.ppsinc.com
Diabetics War On Pharmacists April 1-30
It’s the low blood sugar. Anything will set them off.
Jazz Appreciation Month April 1-30
This is a great month to put on some Stan Getz, a jaunty beret, smoke some reefer and hang out with the hep crowd. Or not. Sponsored by the Smithsonian. www.smithsonianjazz.org
Soyfoods Month April 1-30
Yum yum, gimme some. www.soyfoods.org
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month April 1-30
Check baby, check baby, 1 2 3. Go to tcaw.org
Workplace Conflict Awareness Month April 1-30
Let’s see; in the past few years I scared a DJ at a remote into believing I was the head of their broadcast company, a Music Director screamed at me for bouncing a superball in the hallway, and an HR Director issued a memo to the staff about “responsibility for your guests” after I made an intern cry with my needle-through-the-arm trick. So this applies to me. Call Richard Brenner at617-263-1112 for info on how to not provoke your co-workers into slashing your tires.
Holy Humor Month (!, Batman) April 1-30
This was created by the Fellowship Of Merry Christians to recognize the healing power of Christian joy, humor and celebration. Call them and get one of their Christian comics on the air, and don’t forget to have the 7 second delay on, just in case. 904-441-8197.
National African-American Women’s Fitness Month April 1-30
National Poetry Month April 1-30
Straw Hat Month April 1-30
This is allegedly “widely recognized in the fashion industry” where people are encouraged to put aside their felt hat in favor or a straw hat. All of this is the brainchild of something called The Headwear Information Bureau which I’m sure has received bailout money.
Stress Awareness Month April 1-30
Dr. Morton C. Ormon (I kid you not) wants you to learn how to lower your stress level and improve your health. www.stresscure.com
International Twit Award Month April 1-30
To the folks at Lonestar Publications, Twit stands for Tiresome Wit, and they award these to celebrities with the worst senses of humor. You can e-mail the awards committee at [email protected]
National Florida Tomato Month April 1-30
Ask for them by name. Your contact for this is in New York City. New York City?! Call Anita Fial at 212-420-8808.
National Humor Month April 1-30
According to Larry Wilde with The Jester Press, humor can reduce stress, improve job performance and enrich the quality of your life. He recommends kicking it off with an April Fools joke. Why not see how good he is at “taking it” and call him at 408-624-3058 and play a prank on him. Then we’ll see just how funny of a guy he is.
National Knuckles Down Month April 1-30
This slogan applies to the great American sport of marbles. Cathy Runyan bills herself as “the marble lady”. Call her at 816-587-8687 for insight into this popular past-time. Ask if she’s lost them, Her marbles, that is.
Nationally Sexually Transmitted Diseases Awareness Month April 1-30
Good morning everybody! This is better then a strong cup of coffee to jolt your audience awake on a Monday morning. It’s a very serious subject, but there’s always a way to put a fun spin on most anything. Contests could be “Name That Discharge” or “Beat The Sore”. Or maybe not. For info on this very important month, call Fredrick Mayer at 415-332-4066.
Prevention Of Animal Cruelty Month April 1-30
Call the ASPCA at 212-876-7700. Or try to free the Easter Bunny from commercial slavery.
Reconciliation Day April 2
In 1989 Ann Landers set aside this date to write a letter or make a phone call to start the process towards mending a broken relationship.
International Children’s Book Day April 2
Annually on the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen.
Nickelodeon Debuts April 2, 1979
Bat Appreciation Week April 2-8
A time to honor these misunderstood disease-carrying flying rats. www.batcon.org
Explore Your Career Options Week April 3-10
Another way of saying “He’s pursuing future opportunities.” 908-241-6241.
Work Zone Safety Appreciation Week April 3-7
Blacks Ruled Eligible To Vote: Anniversary April 3
On this date in 1944 the Supreme Court declared the Blacks could not be barred from voting in the Texas primaries as this would be a violation of the 15th Amendment.
Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day April 3
Cobie Smulders Turns 35!!! April 4
Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated April 4, 1968
Nancy McKeon Turns 51! and Robert Downey Jr. Turns 52!! April 4
National Deep Dish Pizza Day April 5
Sponsored by Unos. www.unos.com
Teflon Invented : Anniversary April 6, 1938
Sorry Charlie Day April 6
Honors Charlie The Tuna who has suffered rejection for over 30 years, and recognizes other people who have been rejected and lived to tell about it. There’s even a “Sorry Charlie, No Fan Club For You Club”. Once again; why? 816-587-8687.
Drowsy Driver Awareness Day April 6
An annual memorial to the people who have lost their lives in car accidents caused by drivers who fell asleep behind the wheel. www.drowsydriverawarenessday.com
Hostess Twinkie Day April 6
National Student Athlete Day April 6
No Housework Day April 7
I can get behind this. No trash. No dishes. No making beds or doing laundry. No guilt. During the morning show pick one listener to receive a visit from a maid service. Or go and do it yourself, dressed in a frilly French maid outfit. 717-279-0184.
International Snailpapers Day April 7
A day to have a cup of coffee, crack open the daily newspaper and find out what wacky hijinks are up in “A Family Circus”.
National Beer Day April 7
At 12:01 am on April 7th, 1933, in the heart of the Prohibition, it was made legal to sell 3.2 beer….and the country went wild. April 6th was New Beers Eve and 1.5 MILLION barrels of the stuff were bought JUST on the 7th.
And now you know the REST of the story…
International Beaver Day April 7
It’s all about the glory, the majesty, the often-over-looked benefits of our little hairy friend. This is all about their impact on wildlife and wetlands. www.beaversww.org
Taran Noah Smith Turns 34!!! April 8
Ryan White Death Anniversary April 8, 1990
Take Your Parents To The Playground Day April 8
World Cow Chip Throwing Championship April 8-15
It’s all fun and games until the chips hit the fans. Thank you. I’m here all week. www.beaverchamber.com
911 Operators Week April 9-15
National Siblings Day April 10
This honors all brothers and sisters
Safety Pin Patented April 10, 1849
Beatles Break-Up: 47th Anniversary April 10
Barbershop Quartet Day April 11
On this date in 1938, 26 people gathered in Tulsa to found The Society For The Preservation And Encouragement Of Barbershop Quartet Singing In America. (I’m going to guess that 26 was the highwater mark for membership)
National Teach Children To Save Day April 11
Sponsored by The American Bankers Assn. www.aba.com/abaef
International Louie Louie Day April 11
If you have an Oldies station in your cluster, you should be all over this. Seriously. Because every year TV covers 7 seconds of a parking lot full of guitar players doing this song. It should
be your station this year.
National Be Kind To Lawyers Day April 11
Reviled? Check. Ridiculed? Check. But who do you run to when there’s a problem? A lawyer. And all they ask for is….a check. Take one to lunch. Maybe for a walk. A coffee. Refrain from jokes.
Saoirse Ronan Turns 23! April 12
National Licorice Day April 12
In their continuing quest for world domination, the folks at Licorice International have chosen today to hold seminars and other special events to educate us about the benefits of a life full of licorice. Personally? The stuff makes me gag. Call Elizabeth Erlandson at 402-488-2230.
National Walk On Your Wild Side Day April 12
The Roys of Lebanon, Pennsylvania want you to go and “Do something you’ve never done. Go to work dressed as a gorilla. Get your masters degree”. What was it the neighbor in “Office Space” always wanted to do? www.wellcat.com
First Baseball Strike Ends! April 13, 1972
On this date the first ever strike of professional baseball players ended after only eight days. Owners agreed to add $500,000 to the players’ pension fund.
Ozark UFO Convention April 14-16
Just remember Ozark spelled backwards is Krazo. ‘Nuff said. Call/beam up Lucius Farrish (?!) at 501-354-2558.
International Moment Of Laughter Day April 14
A day created to recognize that laughter is “a potent and powerful way to deal with the difficulties of modern living.” It MUST be true since a guy named Izzy Gesell came up with it. www.izzyg.com and not to be confused with Izzy Stradlin.
Anthony Michael Hall Turns 49!! and Abigail Breslin Turns 21!! April 14
National Ex Spouse Day April 14
FourthAnniversary Of The Boston Marathon Bombing April 15
Sinking Of The Titanic Anniversary April 15, 1912
Police Officers Who Gave Their Lives In The Line Of Duty Week April 15-23
National That Sucks Day April 15
Bruce Novotny has compiled a master list of things that suck. www.thatsucks.net
First McDonalds Opens: 62nd Anniversary April 15, 1955 in San Bernadino, California
FDA Approves Botox April 15, 2002
Ha duh myuh lipth luk?
Emma Watson Turns 27!!! April 15
National Auctioneers Day April 16
Go drug test and auctioneer and see what they’re on to make them talk so fast. Or have them do your traffic and weather. Go to www.auctioneers.org
Jon Cryer Turns 51!! April 16
National Karaoke Week April 16-22
A couple of the stations have karaoke units for their remotes and they always have a crowd. Which is kinda your goal, right? 303-452-5140.
Blah Blah Blah Day April 17
Today’s the day to quit smoking, or take out the trash, or hug an Australian…or just do nothing at all. 717-279-0184
Dyngus Day April 17
Liz Phair Turns 49!!! April 17
National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day April 18
Find an employer who will let his staff do this and post the pics on your website. Call Nicole at Pajama Gram Inc. and see what she’s wearing to work today. 802-985-1382. I work at home. Every day is Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day.
Pet Owners Independence Day April 18
Here’s a day to let all of the pets do the work while you lay around, track mud everywhere and occasionally hump their legs. Call the Roys at 717-297-0184. By now I think you know the question to ask them, and it’s not “when”.
Income Tax Day April 18
International Amateur Radio Day April 18
Good day for an aircheck session. www.arrl.org
Melissa Joan Hart Turns 41!!! April 18
National Hanging Out Day April 19
A day to go Green and hang your laundry on a clothesline. www.laundrylist.org
Ashley Judd Turns 48!! April 19
Oklahoma City Bombing: 24th Anniversary April 19, 1995
Columbine School Shooting April 20, 1999
Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion April 20, 2010
Crispin Glover Turns 53!!! April 20 “Get your meat hooks off of her!”
National High Five Day April 20
My guess is that after about ten minutes with Greg Harrell-Edge, you’d feel tempted to high five him once right in the face. This is his baby and he promises a day of TV, print and radio interviews and actual “high five parties.” Yeesh. www.nationalhighfiveday.com He sounds like “Andy” from “The Office”.
National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day April 21
Kindergarten Day April 21
National D.A.R.E. Day April 21
Andie MacDowell Turns 59!!! April 21
Record Store Day April 22
Eighth annual day of celebrating independent music stores. Go to www.recordstoreday.com
NAB April 22-27
Earth Day April 22
You should be making contacts with local events and getting involved. This would be an excellent opportunity to do a Park Cleanup project too.
National Jelly Bean Day April 22
National Confectioner Association reminds us that these candies have been around since biblical times. The Religion Card is the last desperate act of a lobby group www.Candyusa.org
Interstate Mullet Toss April 22
Done at a bar that straddles the Florida/Alabama state line, contestants throw one pound chunks of mullet in a charity competition. www.florabama.com
Chris Makepeace Turns 53!!! April 22 (Wun you waskily wabbit!)
National Lost Dog Awareness Day April 23
Bedbug Awareness Week April 23-29
Pest World: no longer just an unfortunately named theme park in Orlando, these people know enough about bedbugs to scare just about anyone into agoraphobia. www.pestworld.org.
National Volunteer Week April 23-29
First Movie Theater Opens April 23, 1896
“Baywatch” Premieres April 23, 1989
New Kids On The Block Day April 24
National Playground Safety Week April 24-28
Renee Zellweger Turns 48!! And Michael O’Keefe Turns 63!!! April 24 (Nooooo…naaaannn!)
National Scoop The Poop Week April 24-30
The snow has melted and your backyard is a minefield of little piles. Time to get scoopin’. www.pooper-scooper.com
National Mani-Pedi Day April 25
First License Plates: Anniversary April 25, 1901 in New York State
Hug An Australian Day April 26
Call the Roys at 717-279-0184. Dibs on Isla Fisher.
Chernobyl Disaster Anniversary April 26, 1986
Michael Damian Turns 55!! April 26 (Groped my assistant in Charlotte)…
Professional Secretaries Day April 26
Another promotional “given”, I’ll have loads ‘o ideas on this soon. FYI: They’re calling this “Administrative Professionals Day” to be PC. But it will always, in our hearts, be Secretaries Day.
Most Tornadoes In A Day April 27-28, 2011
Call “the super outbreak” there were 226 tornadoes spawned in 24 hours, the most in U.S. history.
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day April 27
I think you need to do this as a mini topic and stage a call from a “listener” who is taking her 9 year-old daughter to “the club”. Watch the phones explode. www.daughtersandsonstowork.org
Marcia (Mrs. Kotter) Strassman Turns 68!! April 28
National Hairball Awareness Day April 28
This is sponsored by a veterinarian, but oh the possibilities. Call Blake Hawley at 785-368-5614.
National Dream Hotline April 28-30
It’s all about dream interpretation, which has “morning show” written all over it. www.dreamschool.org
Arbor Day April 28
Traditionally celebrated by planting a tree, call the Committee For National Arbor Day at 973-731-0840.
Zipper Patented – 103rd Anniverary April 29, 1913 (“Franks and beans!”)
Los Angeles Riots Anniversary April 29, 1992
Eve Plumb and Michelle Pfeiffer Turn 59!! April 29
National Honesty Day April 30
Celebrates honesty and integrity by awarding Honest Abe Awards (“Abies”) on National Honesty Day. Individuals and companies are eligible to win. Created by M. Hirsch Goldberg, author of The Book Of Lies. Call him at 410-486-4150 and get some names and numbers of past winners. Yet another great opportunity to hook a couple of listeners up to a polygraph machine.
Bugs Bunny Debuts April 30, 1938
Spank Out Day April 30
A one day moratorium on beating your children. (Walmart is immune from the ban) www.stophitting.org
Kirsten Dunst Turns 35!!! and Johnny Galecki Turns 42!!! April 30