In May 1971 the Big D personalities appeared in print wearing
those gaudy Coca Cola bell-bottoms. What do you suppose a pair of
those would fetch now on eBay?
Oh my....what a memory! I remember the photo session in the DRC
lounge. We thought we looked 'cool', but looking back we probably
resembled a circus act waiting to go on the Ed Sullivan Show. I
can't imagine anyone wanting to bid on those things...and I think
I had mine for a few years . They never fit me correctly and, of
course, where would you wear them? They didn't go with anything.
But then again, nothing went with anything back in the seventies.
By February 1972 you were doing afternoon drive on FM, opposite
The Prince on AM. Were you happy to just have a job or were you
eyeing a particular shift ambition?
I was still a novice in the business. I had just gotten married
and life was an adventure. Of course I wanted to grow in the business
but I was happy to be working days and doing that shift. Dick
McDonough was (and still is) a wonderful talent. I had known
him since his days at WKBR in Manchester. I was working across from
an old friend, making a good living, happy and relatively satisfied.
In November 1972 I believe you did the inaugural honors when the
Big D Mobile Studio was unveiled. I think it was at the Lynch
Toyota "Put Your Hands on A Toyota and Never Let Go" promotion in
Wayne Mulligan did a great job building that mobile studio. I remember
that he worked his tail off putting that showplace together. It
was state of the art for its time. I felt like a million dollars
when I was broadcasting from that trailer. And I believe you're
correct about the inaugural. That promotion was another Charlie
Parker masterpiece. In all of my years in radio, that stands
out as the most creative...most imaginative. It was an amazing contest
conceived by and amazing guy.