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.
FOGRPod # 11-Dwight Douglas
A native of Pittsburgh, one of Dwight Douglas’s first broadcasting jobs after college was as a video guy for TV’s “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Later, radio successes led him to a job with the ABC O&O radio stations helping revitalize their FM properties. He eventually ended up at the largest radio consulting firms in the world-- Burkhart/Douglas and Associates-- consulting some of America’s best stations, and working with world class radio talent like KLOS’s Mark & Brian and Howard Stern. Later, Andy Economos recruited him as his VP for marketing for RCS. Now retired, Dwight is now a prolific writer, and has just finished his latest, “True Radio Confessions-Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll.” In which you will surely recognize people from your radio career. (By the way, Dwight swears it’s a work of fiction!) Here, Dwight and Dennis Winslow talk about radio -- and about the book.
Laura Starling, Morning Personality WDEN Macon, GA
Laura Starling—Laura got her start while in Athens for college, but headed back home to finish her degree at Wesleyan College in Macon, and before she even graduated, she started working at powerhouse country WDEN. 40 years --- and three changes of ownership later --- she’s still doing morning drive at WDEN. She’s a ADDY Award winner, a member of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, and a regular winner of macon.com’s voting as Macon’s “Best DJ.” Along the way, she’s sung with Kenny Chesney, and been pranked by Faith Hill’s manager. Here, Dennis Winslow unpacks her long and successful career.
Kaedy Kiely 97.1 The River Atlanta 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.
Kaedy Kiely 97.1 The River Atlanta 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.
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.
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.