Ah, the Summer of ’63. It’s hard to believe that was a half-century ago.
It was the time when I got my first rock and roll disk jockey job – albeit part-time. WRIT, a top 40 radio station in Milwaukee, hired me to fill in a late-night shift after the morning star – Lee Rothman – took several weeks off to recuperate from surgery.
The station moved its regulars around, and I got to follow the late George Michael, who worked the 6 to 10 p.m. shift. Eddie Doucette preceded him, working from 3 to 6 p.m. I also did newscasts from 7 to 10 p.m.
Both Michael, whose real last name was Gimpel, and Doucette possessed great talent. It’s worthy to note that they went on to become broadcast sports personalities.