Radio’s Morning Show Personalities

Early Hour Broadcasters and Deejays from the 1920s to the 1990s

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About the Book

Lengthy biographies are provided for 28 of the most prominent trendsetting morning men, including Gene Rayburn, “Buffalo” Bob Smith, Wolfman Jack, Don Imus, and Howard Stern. The focus is on their careers and their contributions to radio. These are followed by brief concise biographies of more than 200 lesser known morning personalities.

About the Author(s)

Phillip A. Lieberman is the senior planner with the City Planning and Development Department, Sarasota, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Philip A. Lieberman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 213
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1996]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4060-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2157-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix
Introduction      1

PART I : THE EARLY YEARS      3
The Gamblings      4
Gene Rayburn      12
Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding            14
Jack Lescoulie      18
Arthur Godfrey      20

PART II : THE GOLDEN AGE      25
Jack Sterling      26
“Buffalo” Bob Smith      30
Frank Harden and Jack Weaver      33
Gene Klavan      35
Bob Steele      40
Chuck Whittier      46
Johnny Andrews      48
Jim Brando      50
George Edwards      50
Don Russell      52
J.P. McCarthy      53

PART III : THE TOP 40 ERA      55
Wolfman Jack      56
John Leslie      59
Jack Mihall      61
Bob Woody      62
Tommy Grunwall      62
Wally Phillips      63
Ev Rubendall      64
Joe Roberts      64
Paul Hemmer      66

PART IV : THE POST-TOP 40 ERA      69
Don Imus      70
Howard Stern      72
Dan Geiger      75
Jay Daniels and John Webster      76

PART V : OTHER PROMINENT MORNING PERSONALITIES      77
Bibliography      177
Index      179

Book Reviews & Awards

“will be useful in public and academic libraries. Radio buffs will surely welcome it”—Booklist; “this is the kind of book that historiographers of old time radio savor…writing style is enjoyable…a must”—Radio Recall.