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FoGR Pods

Podcasts from Friends of Georgia Radio

Available wherever you get your podcasts, including:

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John Asante / Gail Harris

The Album 88- WRAS Story

Part 2

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FoGRPod # 13- “History of WRAS-Part 2”  with two Atlanta natives who both got started at “Album 88” in different eras:

John Asante, who was a show host and News Director from 2007-2009, and then ended up at WNYC and NPR in New York, helping to produce such iconic shows as “Ask Me Another,” “The Takeaway,” and “Talk of the Nation.” From there, he headed for Los Angeles, where he is now an award-winning podcast producer.

Gail Harris is probably one of the longest-serving members of the Album 88 family, as a staffer from 1976 to 1983 and then doing fill-in thru 1993. She also worked in the record industry at WABE and was on staff at Peach State Public Radio when they first went on the air. (If you don’t recall the name, it’s now GPB with a network of over 18 stations covering the state!)

Dennis Winslow discovers some great insights about the iconic station and gets good advice for young broadcasters from both.

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Drew Murray / Jeff Walker

The Album 88- WRAS Story

Part 1

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With WRAS’s Drew Murray and Jeff Walker- In addition to arriving at WRAS during the station’s infancy in the early 1970s, Drew Murray has the distinction of being the very first voice on the brand new “96 Rock” when WKLS flipped from beautiful music. And Jeff Walker is the WRAS staffers who just can’t leave! Jeff was PD in 1981, then GM, then Operations manager and Advisor off and on from 1986 to today. (He even retired once, but it didn’t stick.) Meanwhile, both Drew and Jeff also worked commercial radio in Atlanta, and have a lot to tell about the history of Album 88, including the birth the iconic “Album 88” name. It’s all here in the latest FOGRPod podcast with Dennis Winslow.

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Jerry Rogers

Owner & Afternoon Drive Personality

Quality Rock 105.3 Savannah

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The story goes that in 1969, Jerry Rogers rolled into Savannah from New York in a Mustang convertible for a gig as music director and afternoon DJ at the now-defunct  WSGA.  He's been there ever since, and for over 50 years, he’s been dominant force in Savannah radio, as a high-profile Top 40 radio personality, an award winning PD, a GM, and an owner.

In 1991, he built WRHQ, Quality Rock 105.3, from scratch after a bit of a battle for the new allocation -- he had to buy out a few competing applicants and wait out others.

Today, he and his primary airstaff represent over 100 years on on-air experience, and he’s crafted a station that’s quirky and unique – and successful. He and his staff listen to every song that makes it onto the 4000 song library, and once a month, they devote an show to Savannah musicians only. They are no contests, no talk overs, and very little hype.

Jerry Rogers is a Savannah and Georgia radio icon, and was inducted into The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2009. Here, Dennis Winslow gets the lowdown on his incredible Georgia radio career.

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Dwight Douglas

Former President

Burkhart/Douglas & Assoc.

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A native of Pittsburgh, one of Dwight Douglas’s first broadcasting jobs after college was as a video guy for TV’s “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”  Later, radio successes led him to a job with the ABC O&O radio stations helping revitalize their FM properties.  He eventually ended up at the largest radio consulting firms in the world — Burkhart/Douglas and Associates-- consulting some of America’s best stations and working with world-class radio talent like KLOS’s Mark & Brian and Howard Stern. Later, Andy Economos recruited him as his VP of marketing for RCS. Now retired, Dwight is now a prolific writer and has just finished his latest, “True Radio Confessions — Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll,” in which you will surely recognize people from your radio career. (By the way, Dwight swears it’s a work of fiction!)

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Laura Starling

WDEN Macon

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Laura Starling got her start while in Athens for college but headed back home to finish her degree at Wesleyan College in Macon. Before she even graduated, she started working at powerhouse country WDEN.  40 years --- and three changes of ownership later --- she’s still doing morning drive at WDEN. She’s an ADDY Award winner, a member of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, and a regular winner of macon.com’s voting as Macon’s “Best DJ.” Along the way, she’s sung with Kenny Chesney and been pranked by Faith Hill’s manager. Here, Dennis Winslow unpacks her long and successful career.

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Kaedy Kiely

96 Rock, Z93, 97.1 The River

Part 1 & Part 2

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Kaedy has been doing drive-time radio in Atlanta for 40 years, first at iconic Atlanta station 96 Rock, then at Classic Rock Z93, and then as both Morning Drive host and now afternoon personality at top-rated 97.1 The River. A native Atlantan and Emory graduate, Kiely’s first calling was singing and acting, but the radio bug hit her, and she’s now one of Atlanta’s longest-running air talents. Dennis Winslow traces her long career path, the lows of a breast cancer diagnosis, and her career highs, including her induction into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.

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Bear O'Brian

WCGQ, Kiss, Kissin' 99.3

Columbus

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Bear grew up in Manchester listening to Atlanta and Columbus radio, dreaming that he, too, could be on the radio. He started along the path right out of high school with jobs in Perry, Barnesville, Monroe, and Wrens, but when he got that chance to go to legendary station WCGQ in Columbus as a copywriter, he took it. Several weeks later, the long-time morning guy quit. Bear asked for the job and got it, spending the next 40 years in morning drive at WCGQ, KISS, and Kissin’ 99.3, with a side trip to Florida and Alabama, and a stint as a stand-up comic. Here, Dennis Winslow unpacks this Georgia Radio legend’s career.

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Mara Davis

Part 1 & Part 2

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MARA DAVIS enjoyed a successful first act as a longtime Atlanta-based FM radio DJ, TV host, emcee, and gal about town. In these podcasts, she discusses her arrival at Classic Rock Z93 in the mid-90s, and the transition to Dave FM, and later, hosting “Mara’s Music Mix” on 90.1 WABE.
 

Mara’s been the talent booker job at Adult Swim and booked top bands from Cage The Elephant to Neko Case, Jason Isbell, Sting, and emerging talent like Doja Cat and Billie Eilish. She co-hosted a Georgia politics podcast, serves as Secretary on the board of the Grammy Chapter in Atlanta, contributes to Paste Magazine, and donates her time to organizations including the Atlanta Humane Society, Helping Mama's, and The Homeless Period Project.     

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Mike Roberts

V-103

Atlanta

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Dennis Winslow sits down with Mike Roberts as he tells the story of his career as PD of two of the city’s iconic urban stations – first WIGO, and later V-103, where he hosted the longest-running morning show in the station’s history and took the station to the top of the Arbitron ratings. Then, Mike talks about becoming an entrepreneur with his own small cluster of stations in Macon, and his new life as an owner.

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John Lauer

WGST/WPCH

Atlanta

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John Lauer served as VP/GM of two iconic Georgia radio stations: Peach FM95 and WGST Newsradio. After rising through the ranks at CBS radio, he came to Atlanta in 1968 as FM took off and helped assemble an all-star team of managers and staff at both stations. He continued in the role through ownership changes from Sudbrink to Meredith to Jacor. Richard Warner interviewed Lauer in March 2022. 

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Don Benson

WQXI AM/FM Atlanta

Part 1 & Part 2

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Don Benson eventually ran the whole company as President and CEO of Lincoln Financial.  Here’s the behind-the-scenes story of his start as an intern for legendary programmer Scott Shannon and his arrival in Atlanta where he watched one of the most heavily promoted radio promotions of the '70s fizzle because of a technical glitch. And, Dennis Winslow talks with Don about becoming PD of “The FM QXI,” and the birth of the iconic 94Q. 

 

In part 2, Dennis Winslow explores with Don the formatics that made 94Q such a fierce competitor and reveals details about how legendary GM Jerry Blum inspired the staff. 

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