Friday, July 24, 2009

Comments from Greg Fadick, a.k.a. "Hot Scott Fisher"!

Just got some correspondence from Greg, regarding his time at KAAY and other stations:

"Okay Bud, I'll come clean. Back in the day I went under the name Hot Scott Fisher.

Feel free to quote anything I said in that post. As a matter of fact, here's a little more for ya:

I actually started my career working for AJ at KCLA in Pine Bluff in 1970. AJ was the GM at the time, and while KCLA's country format wasn't my first choice, he was the only guy who would hire a 15 year old who sounded as bad as I did then. AJ left KCLA shortly after hiring me, turning the reins over to then-PD Tommy Riggs (Rock Robins of KAAY fame).

In fact, the day I took the test for my third class license (remember those?) AJ was the guy who drove me to the Federal Building in Little Rock to take the test. After the test was over, we stopped by KAAY (the old 7th Street location) for AJ to visit with Pat Walsh and others, and I was in heaven.

Thanks to that "introduction" to KAAY, as soon as I got my driver's license I was spending every minute I could hanging around the KAAY studios, soaking up as much as I could from guys like Phil North, David B. Treadway, Michael J. McCormick and yes, Jonnie King. Back then, KAAY was the station we monitored for EBS, and I routinely got in trouble for dead air because I had turned down the KCLA monitors and switched on the EBS monitor to listen to KAAY. They never bought my excuse that it was productive show prep.

I seriously doubt Jonnie remembers this, but there was a night when Jonnie handed some cash to a skinny kid from Pine Bluff as he was going on the air, and asking said kid to pick him up a couple cartons of yogurt from a grocery store down the street. Jonnie then delivered an incredibly detailed lesson in how to check the freshness date of yogurt, which was a good thing when you're dealing with a Pine Bluff kid who had never heard of yogurt, and had no idea you actually ate it.

While I hoped my full time career would start at KAAY, it wasn't in the cards. Instead, I came to Little Rock when Barry Wood (KAAY's Michael J. McCormick) was putting together the original air staff for KLAZ. While that station was one of the greatest experiences of my time, it was still a bit painful to be part of what would eventually bring down The Mighty 1090, namely FM stereo.

I left KLAZ in 1975 to return to Pine Bluff and become AJ's program director at KCLA, which was now Top 40. After a few months, I was talked into coming back to KLAZ, then left for good in 76 to go back to being AJ's PD at KCLA. Just couldn't get away from that guy.
I left there in 1977 to finally join KAAY, during the Multimedia/Jim Tandy/C. David Hamilton era to do late nights, right before Beaker Street. This was KAAY's last run at being a CHR station, and unfortunately, even though we had a great sounding station, the audience had moved to FM. Still, it was a rush to be on that big mother 50,000 watt skywave using those legendary calls.

I left KAAY in early 1978, retiring from radio and attempting to live in the straight world. That didn't work out too well, as in 1981 Ron Curtis had no trouble talking me into coming back to then-CHR KLAZ, which then morphed into KZOU, All Hit Zoo 98.

I did finally come off the air in 1985, moving into full time production at KZOU, left there in 1987 for KRXY (Y108) in Denver, then WAAF in Boston and finally WIOD/WFLC/WHQT in Miami.
I exited WIOD/WFLC/WHQT in 2001, finally getting out of day to day radio, but staying close to the business as Executive Producer for Brown Bag Productions, at the time the premier provider of imaging libraries for radio. I left the Bag in 2005, along with Mike and Bob Lee (the founders of the company and inventors of the imaging-only library concept) and we founded Download HD, the industry's first and only complete radio content service. (You can check us out at, click on "demo"). And now I sit in a studio all day, cooking up content for a couple hundred stations, just a couple miles from the Miami beaches. Yeah, life is tough.

Whew, didn't mean to get so wordy, or give you the complete bio, but it just happened. I'm really glad to see you're continuing the KAAY blog, and I'm sure there's some fun stories locked inside these aging brain cells. If you like, from time to time I'll have a large glass of Maker's Mark and see if I can bring them to the surface for ya. Or, if there's anything else I can do to help the cause, just let me know.


"P.S. BTW, I just saw Dave Montgomery's post on your blog. He and Felix were putting in that ground system during my second term as PD at KCLA, and I can vouch for the hog poo stink. It stayed inside that building for months after we opened.

While you're at it, ask Dave if he remembers the name of whoever it was who was buried under one of the towers at the KAAY transmitter site in Wrightsville. No, I'm not joking, there was a headstone right next to the tower foundation. As Clyde Clifford used to say, "with 50,000 watts going through that ground system, that's one body that ain't cold." "

Thank you, Greg, for your insight! In my opinion, this is important history- please visit often and let us know more!

Bud S. (


  1. FADICK!!! Treadway here. LOVED seeing your post on this fine new blog--and THANK YOU for mentioning the tombstone under the "western" tower in the array. If memory serves, the kid's name was Glaspie Dillard, who died in 1929 at about the age of five. Phil North showed me the marker in the summer of '71, and I have been back a couple more times over the years.

    The way I heard it, there was a graveyard on the land selected for the transmitter site when KTHS moved from Hot Springs in 1951 or '52. All the graves were relocated, except for one, and I was told they couldn't find any of the family so it was left where it was.

    Whether truth or tall tale, ya gotta admit that it's a story WORTHY of KAAY. Poor Glaspie has undoubtedly not rested since they fired up that big-a$$ RCA for the first time. (Aside to readers who may not know: the transmitter building AND the studios at both 1425 W. 7th and 2400 Cottondale Lane were quite haunted.)

    Ah, such memories! Guess it's time to get off the half a heinie that I have left and start contributing.

    Cheers, Old Friend!
    David B. Treadway
    a.k.a. The Last Doc Holiday

    1. I have a memory of Greg "Hot Scott" from my time working overnights at KOTN in Pine Bluff back in 1972. But, the details are fuzzy. Greg, if you read this, how can I contact you? Did you ever work at KOTN? And, why can't I remember the details? Wouldn't Greg have been working at KLAZ by the fall of 72?
      Art Morris