9 episodes

In this series of interviews from Friends of Georgia Radio, we'll profile the men and women who have served listeners across the state and made a name for themselves through leadership and innovation.

FoGR Pods: Podcasts from the Friends of Georgia Radio Georgia Radio Innovators

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In this series of interviews from Friends of Georgia Radio, we'll profile the men and women who have served listeners across the state and made a name for themselves through leadership and innovation.

    Kaedy Kiely Part 2

    Kaedy Kiely Part 2

    Kaedy Kiely 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 finds out about her best and worst radio interviews and more in Part 2.

    • 35 min
    Kaedy Kiely Part 1

    Kaedy Kiely Part 1

    Kaedy Kiely- 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, along with the lows of a breast cancer diagnosis, and her career highs including her induction into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.

    • 32 min
    Bear O'Brian, WCGQ, Kiss, Kissin' 99.3, Columbus GA

    Bear O'Brian, WCGQ, Kiss, Kissin' 99.3, Columbus GA

    BEAR O’BRIAN 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.

    • 34 min
    Mara Davis-Part 2

    Mara Davis-Part 2

    Mara Davis enjoyed a long career as an Atlanta-based FM radio personality at Z93 and at Dave FM. And this week, the story about finding out about finding about not one – but two—format changes from the most unlikely sources. First time, from Rodney Ho in the AJC. And the second time,she got the news from her ex-General Manager. Radio war stories, and “after radio” from Mara Davis in Part 2.

    • 30 min
    Mara Davis Part 1

    Mara Davis Part 1

    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 at Paste Magazine, and donates her time to organizations including the Atlanta Humane Society, Helping Mama's and The Homeless Period Project.

    • 27 min
    Don Benson Part 2| WQXI AM/FM Atlanta

    Don Benson Part 2| WQXI AM/FM Atlanta

    94Q, and sister station 790 WQXI were nationally-known Atlanta radio brands, known for innovative and creative promotions, with cutting-edge talent in all departments and an internal “hall vibe” like few other stations. 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.

    • 42 min