Steve Morris' best friend in radio was Mike Verdicchio, or "O'Brian" as he was known on KAAY. Steve and Mike worked together in radio...well, let me allow Steve tell you a bit of the story:
"O'Brian (and Farley Kunckles, a charactor voice) went to KAAY in early 1974 from Panama City, Fla (WDLP) (where) he was program director. He hired me from WBSR in Pensacola to do morning drive. Wayne Moss asked me to send an air-check to KAAY, but I didn't have the 1st Class FCC ticket I needed to do Beaker Street from the transmitter site. Mike Verdicchio (O'Brian) did. He got the job. I took over as P.D. @ WDLP, & Mike was off to the big KAAY!! He did Beaker Street for a few months and then 'Don Marcus' took Beaker Sreet and O'Brian moved into town to do 8-11pm. O'Brian (Mike Verdicchio) left to go to KLZ-FM in Denver, and I inherited the 8-11pm slot from downtown. Marcus stayed for a few months at Beaker St. & left to go to Tucson, enter 'Ken Knight' (Bill Jackson) from Joplin, MO to do Beaker Street.
I remember his (O'Brian's) last night on-the-air. His fictitious character voice ('Farley Knuckles'), jumped off of the Arkansas River bridge. When Mike 'found out' he got up and walked out while he was on-the-air!! (of course I was there to take over for him). That happened on a Friday evening & Monday afternoon the phones started going crazy!!!"
Thanks, Steve! Folks, you'll hear some of that 8-11 PM shift right here with "O'Brian" at the mic...and it sounded as if he had fun with it! Unscoped, featuring Top 40 from the early 1970 era, sounding like it was pretty much off the deck. Greg Barman cleaned it up a little for our enjoyment; Dave S. again works his linkage wizardry for us to tap right in. And before I forget, this is another donation by Wayne Moss- thanks to you all, guys!
And now, without further ado: O'Brian on KAAY!
Bud S. (email@example.com)