In May of 1975, I found out that I would be interviewing Alice Cooper along with Gary Guthrie. But before I get to the interview, I would like to first introduce you to Gary.
Gary was hired after I was, and he had also worked at our competitor WNOE-FM. He went by the name Trigger Black there and at WRNO. When he worked at WNOE-AM, he was Max Bozeaux. That’s Max Bozo spelled Cajun style. Gary was so talented and creative; he surprised me every day with the things he came up with. I have found that you can be friends with almost anyone, but the bond and friendship are so much greater when it’s someone you admire and respect. To this day, I feel as close to Gary as I did back in the ’70s. He was bigger than life, never boring. He was always moving forward and growing creatively. Charisma like no one I’ve ever known. He was like a big blond teddy bear with a great disposition.
As far as radio programming, production, and music rotation were concerned, Gary was like a wide-eyed kid in a candy store. He had an undying thirst for knowledge. He asked me to try to help him come up with our own format for album rock stations. I was more interested in living for the day. After my experience with the magazine, I was more than happy to let someone else have the headaches for a while.
I was doing graveyards when Gary was hired. In fact, I had called Jon Scott to tell him I was fed up with radio and was getting out for good. That, by the way, was the fifth time I was getting out of radio for good. Jon wasn’t there, but I told Rain (short for Lorraine), his wife, what was going on. She said, “Jon told me once that if anyone makes it in radio, it would be you.” That was all I needed to hear. Jon effin Scott believed in me. I sucked it up and dealt with my problems.
Gary came up with a format, and Joe appointed him the Program Director, now my best friend was my boss. That was kind of like having an alliance with the head of household. Gary moved me from the all-night shift to 7-Midnight.
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