July 21, 2016

Who is on your “Mt. Rushmore” of radio programmers and/or on-air personalities?
Erik Bradley, B96: Keith Naftaly, Michelle Santousuosso, Kevin Weatherly, Todd Cavanah.

Java Joel, WAKS: Radio programmers: Todd Storz, Gordon McClendon, Mike Joseph, Rick Sklar. On-Air: Howard Stern, Casey Kasem, Rick Dees, Larry Lujack

Jeff Hurley, iHeartMedia: Rush Limbaugh literally reinvented Talk Radio on AM and shaped 30+ years of programming.  Howard Stern is the godfather of contemporary morning radio and the most-imitated talent ever. Bill Drake (with a nod to Gene Chenault and others at the time) basically built the format from the ground up. Casey Kasem, AT40 is timeless. To this day, it still follows the same basic principles of playing the top songs, with interviews, flashbacks, dedications and artist tidbits. 

Kobi, WNRW/WLGX: John Ivey, Kannon, Romeo, Erik Bradley.

Jared Banks, KUDD: The Radio Personality Mt. Rushmore would have Wolfman Jack, Howard Stern, Kane and Casey Kasem.  Each one of them a mountain of personality on their own and unmistakable in their personal style! 

Todd Shannon, Cox Media Group: Casey Kasem, Howard Stern, Kidd Kraddick, Dick Clark.

Chris Michaels, FM 100: There are so many talented people, I know I’ll forget several. Steve Davis, Chase Daniels, Elvis Duran, Dave Smiley, Pat Paxton, Randi West, Mike Moore, and Toby Knapp would make a killer team.

Jason Squires, KFRR: Chris Squires, Steve Wall, Ron Jacobs, Don Steele, Ted Stryker.

Max Volume, KOZZ: Wolfman Jack, Jim Ladd, Casey Kasem, Harry Carey.

Matt Talluto, WBYR: SternDrew and Mike (in their early days) formerly of WRIF. For programmers: Jim Fox, Dave Richards, Doug Podell and I'm really liking what Mark Pennington is doing in Detroit.
Dan Hunt, WWPW: Tom Poleman, John Ivey, Gene Romano, Michael Newman.

Eric Chase, WVKS: No need for a Rushmore, a monolith will suffice. Howard Stern.

Mark Adams, KYLD/KIOI: I have more like a top ten rather than top four in a variety of categories, but off the top of my head: Broadway Bill Lee, Kid Kelly, Hollywood Hamilton, and George McFly. The morning show edition would include: Howard Stern, Rick Dees, The Z Morning Zoo with Scott Shannon, and Mancow.

R Dub! Z90: A bunch of my favorite bald guys! Programmers: Tim Richards, Elroy Smith, Mark Medina, Tracy Johnson and Bruce St. James (hair!). Air-talent: My awesome staff at Z90 and Magic 92.5 of course!

Kobe, WWHT: Elvis Duran, Tone E. Fly, Scotty Davis, John Ivey.

John Mayer, WFLZ: John Ivey, Tom Poleman, Elvis Duran, Ryan Seacrest.

Mike “OD” O’Donnell, WKRZ: You have to love John Ivey. When he was at KISS 108 he was gracious enough to take a call from a little guy like me from Cape Cod. You don’t forget those things. Dale Dorman is why I’m in radio today. When I was coming up in the business, Rick Dees always blew me away, he was a big influence. Rush Limbaugh, his on-air longevity speaks volumes.

Phil Reeder, WJLI: The personalities that I have enjoyed listening to over the years to put on a Mt. Rushmore would be: Lou Brutus (Hard Drive), Mancow, Johnny Dare (KQRC), who are all veterans who have kicked all form of ass. The young gun "Teddy Roosevelt" would be Jason Spicoli (KIWR). This idea on the train of thought that Rushmore was established just 6 years after Teddy died, while Jefferson had been dead for 99 yrs, Washington 126, and Lincoln 60.  Also, I *may* have put too much thought into this.

Rozy Myzal, hardDrive: So many I have worked with over the years starting with Scott Muni of WNEW-FM.  Tony Berardini and Oedipus at WBCN, Sam Bellamy of KMET,  Norm Winer of WXRT (BCN, KSAN), Bonnie Simmons...I mean, the list could go on and on. And most of your younger readers probably have NO IDEA who I’m talking about! Oh and Dwight Douglas…..after all, he did help bring Howard Stern to Detroit and D.C.
Albie Dee, WOCQ: Jerry Clifton, Jeff Wyatt, Broadway Bill Lee, Gharlie Charlie/Smokin Willie B Goode-Miami, Pat St. John, Jo Jo Cookin' Kincaid.

Chad Rufer, KZZO: Steve Davis, Steve Salhany, Greg Strassell, Steve Goldstein and Jim Ryan.

Mike Miller, WHKF: Kane, Billy The Kidd, Romeo, Scotty Davis.

Toby Knapp, WIHT: Let me give my Mt. Rushmore of next. Talent: Alex Gervasi, Nathan Fast, Elizabethany, Rat & Puff, Maddox, Shelly Rome + Mack. Programmers: Michael Bryan, B Mack, Dan Hunt, Alex Tear, Patrick Davis, Joey Brooks, Rob Kruz.

Jonathan Reed, WNOK: Howard Stern, Maconi, Casey Kasem and Ryan Seacrest.

Jon Zellner, iHeartMedia: Guy Zapoleon, Steve Rivers, Rick Sklar and Scott Shannon.

Tommy Chuck, WIHT: Marc Chase, John Ivey, Tom Poleman, Paul “Cubby” Bryant.

Jonathan Shuford, WRVW: Tough question because there’s been so many great ones.  Howard Stern has to be on there.  Rick Dees and Casey Kasem have to be on there, and if we’re sticking with air personalities it’d be hard not to include Ryan Seacrest.  And that’s leaving out Scott Shannon, Kraddick, Elvis, and so many others that probably could and should be there, and we haven’t even mentioned programmers yet.

Mike McVay, Cumulus Media: Jeff Smulyan, Erica Farber, Scott Shannon and Jack Diamond.

Keith Allen, WMKS: There are so many good people and I’m really thankful to all the people who came before to allow me to do what I do. 

Gina Gray, WERO: Programmers are Phil Becker and John Ivey, personalities are Bobby Bones and Elvis Duran.

Tony Waitekus, WHTQ: For programming:  John Rook, John Gehron, Rick Sklar, Scott Shannon (at Z100), Bill Drake. For personalities: Larry Lujack, John Records Landecker, The Real Don Steele, Wolfman Jack, Dick Biondi.
Next Week's Question Of The Week:
If you could go back in history and spend one day with a person (or band) from the music, entertainment, sports or political fields, who would it be and what intrigues you the most about this person?
e-Mail your responses to: jodorisio@fmqb.com or bburke@fmqb.com


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