Valenti & Foster Pull Epic April Fools’ Day Prank On Jimmy Powers
SOUTHFIELD (CBS Detroit) What does it take to make 97.1 The Ticket’s program director run into the studio and throw open the door, panicked and ready to yell?
Mike Valenti and Terry Foster found out Tuesday when they pulled what could be the best April Fools’ Day prank of 2014 against a boss.
This is how it went: Powers listens to the show every day through speakers in his office, so Valenti and Foster recorded a curse-filled rant where they lose it at each other.
Powers’ boss, who was in on the joke, scheduled a meeting with him for 3 p.m., and engineering set it up so the actual show would stop piping into his office — and the recorded rant would begin.
So while Powers sat it in his office having a meeting with the boss, it sounded as though his hosts had suddenly lost their minds on-air.
At the first F-bomb, Powers leaped out of his chair, raced to the studio and threw open the door — to do who-knows-what.
Below is the audio Powers heard in his office.
“He looked like the girl from ‘The Exorcist’ when she was spinning her head around,” Foster said, describing the look on Powers’ face. “I looked around, I swear I saw foam coming out of his mouth. He was so angry, and I still said, ‘Let it play out another five seconds,’ and Mike saw his face and just got immediately nervous.”
For his part, Foster said putting together the fake show was a great time. He had, possibly, too much fun with it.
“We were kind of scripting it,” Foster said. “We had a game plan. So we were in the studio, just kind of talking, and I thought I would just be a jerk to Mike, and he really hates that, legitimately, so I started interrupting him and saying that he didn’t know how to read and everything, and that usually sets him off, and so I believe that would be more believable because Jimmy knows that’s what gets to Mike. When you disrespect him and say, ‘Hey, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, he can’t even read,’ that’s what gets to him.”
What was the fallout?
Powers was not immediately available for comment, and Valenti will have nothing to do with this.
“I will say this – I love April Fools’ pranks, but when I saw his face, I was a little bit concerned,” Foster said. “I wasn’t sure if he was going to punch me in the face or kick me or whatever. But it all worked out.”