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Ah yes I remember those days. It’s almost like I am reliving them again, but with out the radio piece of it…
Here come the multiple personalities again…
what is this…this “overnight jock” you speak of? like bigoot..nellie..the chupacabra..all mythical creatures…
with cut backs and now vacations– got a handful of all niters coming up….ugggg, I’m getting too old for this….
Precious few overnight jocks in this world of boxed shows. No longer a training ground either!
I miss my overnight days…it was fun, groupies on the phone, taping clandestine satellite feeds for myself…answering the newsline. Of course, i’m a night hawk anyway.
I actually remeber doing an overnight show on WABK in Gardiner Maine drunk one time. Up to that time, it was the best show I ever did.
some argue mornings make the station great, some argue it’s prime time. Real fcc service to the people says all are important. Greats whem I was young programmed like it, too. WGN and meisterbrau theatre overnights… incredible, but not a training ground for the big cash sales dept conquest. The “dump” view misses a lot of success they otherwise could have been.
meisterbrau showcase, not theater, my mistake.
I did overnights in Billings, Montana on Magic 98. Down the hall on KGHL a guy did the Almost Morning Show. I always loved that name for an overnight show. Another friend across town was the Graveyard Guard. He does afternoons now, and is still know by that name.
Reminds me of my early days as “Johnny Midnight.” Talk about a career-limiting name!
The one and only example of it working out as a good career move: Fred Norris did overnights at WCCC around 1980 and that’s how he met Howard Stern, which led to him being Howard’s producer/sidekick/pal at WWWW, WWDC, WNBC, WXRK and now Sirius. Way to go Fred! (I was 7-midnight at WCCC when Fred did overnights and Howard did mornings.)
I did about 17 years of overnights. I got to play Blues for about 10 of them on public radio. I was a myth in my own lifetime around the station. The usual attitude of co-workers “I’ve heard of you…”. What actually helped me through was the “Overnight DJ Handbook” which said to get heavy curtains for your bedroom, find after hours joints and get used to being asked who you are by your bosses. As it turns out wise words indeed.
I kinda miss the lack of responsibility I had in the overnights. Mornings are so much more demanding!
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