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Turkey Talk

Posted November 23, 2011

I can laugh about it now. I was working at KULF Radio in Houston back in the late 1970’s. I was working as a newsman for the struggling AM station trying to rise above the surge of FM radio.

It was a Saturday morning. The air personality staff included heavy weights. Pat Patterson worked the mornings at KULF for a while. Later Scotty Brink, a legendary broadcaster from Chicago, would join the morning show. Chuck Buell, another highly popular DJ from Chicago, joined our staff. I was pretty star struck. That Saturday morning we had a fill-in announcer – another Chicago radio star with the biggest voice I’ve ever heard. His name was Steve Lundy.

Steve was finishing up a song and getting ready to hit the news jingle for me to come on and give a five minute report. Steve hit the jingle but nothing happened. So he simply said: “And now the news with Bill Leslie. Take it away you turkey!” It made for an interesting transition. I called it my Thanksgiving newscast. I have never had one like it since.

Steve Lundy died in 1999. He was a character.


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  • dharper22 Nov 23, 2011

    My fill-in announcer was not famous on summer day in 1949. Just before my time at 6 AM the transmitter went down. He new he was supposed to make some kind of announcement about "circumstances beyond our control..." but said, "WIOU has been off the air. Now, due to circumstances beyond our control we bring you Dix Harper..." That was a morning I came on laughing.

  • GoldenLover Nov 23, 2011

    Loved Pat Patterson and "Fundermont Airlines"

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