Sometimes in LIFE… and while you are at “WORK” and you have your radio on… YOU will hear something, that you just have to immediately call that radio station and then, add… “Your two cents to their conversation!”
Where I was working… and in my office, I was suppose to answer the telephone … as they had four incoming call-in lines, and see to it that those calls… were all answered by the correct person.
On this particular day, while listening to the “Jack Carney” program… whatever he was talking about, his voice sounded so much like something my brother, “Tommy” would also be saying … that, and immediately … I decided to call into his program and tell him, a few important pieces of information!
Evidently there was an open line, and I was talking to “Jack Carney”… and what I was telling him… was that “he” sounded exactly like my brother, “TOMMY”.
“Jack Carney“ needed more information and had ask me … “Where does your brother work?”
Without even thinking… I just gave the name of the Company and was telling “JACK”” and also without knowing that the whole wide world were all listening … to our conversation just exactly as to how and what a terrific person he, my brother “Tommy” was.
And then want on… that he could do his job on the radio… if he was not so busy… where he was working and went on bragging… just how great he, “TOMMY” my brother was!
Just being on the radio show with “Jack Carney” for maybe ten minutes… was tying up the work phones where… I was working and also the telephone lines at the place where “Tommy” was working.
I just had to get off the phone with “Jack Carney” and listen to the radio… and all of the conversations, that were going on… and take note of my… tying up the telephones…
As… it did seem to be a “wild fire” of some wild excitement of Companies and for the persons working for those companies… almost too much excitement had started … because I was bragging about my brother, “TOMMY” as to how good he was… just as good as “Jack Carney”… on the radio!
“Do you remember …Jack Carney?”
1932 – 1984
Jack Carney was born in Los Angeles on August 23, 1932. He attended UCLA, where he studied law until, out of curiosity, he took radio classes, eventually abandoning law for a career in radio.
Carney’s radio career began in New Mexico in 1951. He moved through several small market stations in the southwest before becoming well known as a rock n’ roll DJ serving up hits to teenagers in Phoenix, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Boston.
Carney arrived in St. Louis in 1958 as a rock n’ roll DJ on WIL. Six weeks after he joined the staff, his sense of humor and bizarre stunts brought WIL from #7 to #1 in St. Louis. Carney invented a character named Pookie Snackenberg, who became a hero with St. Louis teens. Carney once asked his listeners to pull the tuning knobs off their parents’ home and car radios so the dial couldn’t be moved from WIL.
Carney’s ratings success at WIL brought about a job offer from WABC and he was off to New York City in 1960. This proved to be a bad move for him. He only stayed a few months in New York and then left for a stint of West Coast radio jobs.
Carney returned to St. Louis in 1971, taking over the KMOX morning spot from Jack Buck. He was an instant success. The Jack Carney Show ran from 9 am to noon and made Carney a legend as a St. Louis entertainer and live-commercial pitch man. St. Louis Post-Dispatch broadcast critic Erik Mink said, “The effectiveness of Carney’s commercials was due to his mastery at weaving them into the fabric of his program. The two elements were so intimately intertwined that often it was impossible to tell where the program stopped and the commercial began.”
During his KMOX years, virtually every celebrity that passed through St. Louis stopped by to say hello to Jack Carney. He completely dominated morning radio and became a fixture in the St. Louis community for over 13 years.
Tragically, Carney died of a sudden heart attack at age 52 on November 27, 1984. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2001 and is also a member of the St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame.
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