KTLA meteorologist Henry DiCarlo fell victim to what’s becoming a common prank suffered upon local stations reading birthday wishes on-air. Pranksters have picked up on the practice and send in names that look real on paper, but when said aloud can push FCC obscenity rules.
This time, after DiCarlo wished “Hugh Janus” a happy birthday, an alert Chris Schauble couldn’t hold back his laughter alerting the news team something was amiss. After much discussion and giggling Schauble told DiCarlo, “Uh, I think it’s one of those trick names and you fell for it.”
“I got punked. I basically got punked,” said DiCarlo. “Hopefully there’s not a ten-year-old, really, with that name out there.”