Re: DC radio folks


R Roberts <russroberts@...>
 

I'd been working on WJMA for about six months when my grandmother
decided I needed to be introduced to a "real" radio person, someone who
might guide me toward success. She was acquainted with Jackson Weaver
through a friendship with his daughter. So, the next thing I knew I was
in WMAL's studio on a Saturday morning. Weaver was working without
Hardin (out golfing or something). For a half hour I watched and
listened; Jackson's multiple personality "order" in evidence (he was a
whiz at ad libbing in other voices, sounding similar to Jonathan
Winters).

Hardin: "We'll be back shortly."

Weaver (as old lady): "Why can't you come back the same size you are
now?"

Weaver asked eighteen years old me about my dreams of becoming a radio
announcer. He said he'd be happy to point me in the right direction.
When I told him I was already working at WJMA he said something that
boosted my confidence. "You're already working? Well, you're on the
road. Getting that first job is 90% of success in this business. You
don't need me to tell you what to do. You're already doing it!"

Russ Roberts
72-88(?)

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Harrison [mailto:g-c-harrison@...]
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2003 8:09 AM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] DC radio folks

Weaver (who by the way was the voice of Smokey the Bear) has been dead
for
about the last 5 years or so. I think Hardin passed in the last couple
of
years.

Gary Harrison

At 07:44 AM 5/9/2003, you wrote:
WJMA@... writes:
are Hardin and Weaver still around? Didn't the guy on WGMS die
at the mike?

Dennis Owens, long-time morning man for WGMS, retired late last year
but
is stil very much among us. Bill Cerri of WETA-FM had a heart attack
on
the air about 10 years ago and was dead before the paramedics
arrived.
WETA still does a major remote production of "Christmas in August" at
the
Sylvan Theater every year in Bill's honor.

I'm enjoying the list although I'm obliged to lurk more than I
participate.

Best, . . . Cathy Wills Christovich
Cathy,

Thanks for correcting my memory. This is why I don't do news. Facts,
what facts. I thought...

Lurkers welcome. Just check in once in a while to let us know you are
OK and don't need anything.

Ross
71-86
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