There was a guy who worked at a sister station to my place of employment, whose parents named him John Edward Gough, III (pronounced Goff). Don't get ahead of me, now. Yes, you're right...Jack is a nickname for John, and so called himself (I swear to God) "Jack Gough on the radio"!
Then, there was the time that I was a part-time weekender at the original incarnation of Island 106 in Panama City, which was classic hits before anyone had "invented" the format (late 80's). The PD assigned everyone an air-name that had that "tropical" flavor, like Sandy Beech, etc., etc., etc. I was christened "B'wana Jay" (heavy, man...like wow). We used a top of hour bed, over which you were to say..."Island 106 is W-I-L-N, Panama City. Coming up this hour, another 14 of your island favorites. It's 1 o'clock, and I'm B'wana Jay". At this point you hit the post, and rolled out of the jingle tag with "an uptempo cooker". Well, I was bored to tears this particular Sunday afternoon, and so I rolled into the top of the hour with the usual spiel, ending with, "...it's 3 o'clock, and I'm BUCK NEKKID!". Several minutes later, the phone rings. I pick it up, only to be greeted by the sound of howling laughter. After a little bit of this, it was the station owner (Jim Whoselastnameicantremember), calling from his exclusive Bay Pointe residential dwelling, telling me that what I'd said was the funniest damn thing he'd ever heard on the radio. He also confessed that he and his guests had been imbibing quite heavily. To many, I have been Buck Nekkid ever since. Not to worry...I save a bunch on my dry cleaning.
There was an earlier time, before I was named "Jay" (instead of being forced to use Jerry) by Johnny Reid at WTWA in Thomson, Georgia, when I used Bob Walker. Dave Hensley, the PD at WGUS in Augusta, insisted on calling me Skinny Bobby Walker. At that point in time, I'd never heard of Skinny Bobby Harper, so I didn't get it. That all became somewhat interesting, a few years down the road. I found myself managing WKRP in Dallas, Georgia, and, of course, we all now know that Skinny Bobby was the model for Johnny Fever.
One of these days, I gotta write that book.
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