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Anita Bonita / Bob Gilmore / Brett Provo / Brian Bannon / Famous Amos / Gary Thoreau / Greg Monti / Jim Kaye / Ken Gilbert / Matt Craig / Okeechobee FL / Paul DiMarco / WRMI International

“The Radio BBQ”, WRMI International, Lake Okeechobee FL | September 09, 2017

The now infamous Gilmore BBQ Studio!

Date of Recording: 09.09.2017
Station: 7.78 Mhz WRMI International (Shortwave), 94.1 and 107.1 FM local and Paul DiMarco’s Totally 70’s Radio Network
Format: Assorted Brokered Time / Oldies
Featured Air Talent: Various
Date of Posting: 09/12/2017
Total Time: 1:24:28 (Original unscoped recording runs 3 Hours) Telescoped
Airchexx Entry: 1,509








Curator’s Notes:

We’ve Been HACKED!

What follows is three hours of on air lunacy, brought to you by the original inventors of radio lunacy!

Here is an Airchexx.com WORLD EXCLUSIVE!

Seriously, you put nearly 30 of Eastern America’s finest radio personalities (all but ONE is now out of radio, if that tells you anything) in one place, and then give them a microphone, I guarantee they put every other radio station to shame.

This is, without a doubt, the best, funniest broadcast done since the Doc & McKeever morning show in 1996! Better than Howard Stern, close to the pinnacle of all radio spoofs, NINE! (as it should, since one of it’s creators graced our microphone!), this is the perfect, WORLD PREMIERE aircheck that not only nobody in the trading world or youtube or anywhere else has. Well, except for us participants!

Bragging aside, we had real fun here. This was a real BBQ, lots of burgers, chicken and the like. Radio guys from all over travelled, some for many hours, to get to Fairfield County, Connecticut and gather to swap war stories, memories and family fun. For me, your curator, this was THE radio highlight of the year, if not the last three.

A quick look at the event itself. Bob Gilmore was the host. In his backyard. In his basement, he built – special for the event – a custom retro studio, complete with an old, restored “Stereo Statesman” rotary post board and a replica RCA mic just for the occasion. The music was all on hard drive (naturally! Who has room for 3,000 CD’s?), and all of us got our turn doing a few breaks. A word about the broadcast. “Technically”, it was 60s, 70s and 80s music on Paul DiMarco’s “Totally 70s Radio Network” internet station, BUT, it was billed as “The Radio BBQ” complete with promos that ran beforehand on WRMI International Shortwave. The show indeed, went live for a 7-10 pm broadcast that was a big success. We heard ourselves on the shortwave frequency up here in Connecticut quite clearly, with some fading as you do get on shortwave frequencies.

Ironically, as we did our broadcast from Connecticut, Hurricane Irma was barreling towards the WRMI transmitter site. Had the storm not gone over land in Cuba, we’d probably not have broadcast. In the end, the station, just 12 hours later, was indeed blown off the air. Damage reports at this time are pretty bad, with the station having lost at least two of it’s main antennas when their towers went down, transmission lines (which apparently go many miles across the swamp to get from the studio and power sources to the TX) didn’t hold up and there is flooding damage at the studio. WE were lucky to have our great broadcast, but the WRMI folks weren’t so lucky. We hope they recover soon.

As a final note, I don’t have a completely accurate list of who was here, since there literally were so many pros at this party I couldn’t keep track of them all. As names come to me, I’ll add them to the tags and notes.

As for this? Part Two of the Radio BBQ will post soon!

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  1. Here are some of the participants: Bob Gilmore, Famous Amos, Mark James, Gary Theroux, Steve West, Magic Matt Craig, Kara Reifert, Dave Plotkin, Tim Richmond, Paul DeMarco, Brett Provo, and so many more my mind just went blank!

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  2. Well done! Head Count was 79! Sure was a fun event! Bob G

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  3. I think I was the first one there the evening before the broadcast. Thanks for the great time and hospitality Bob Gilmore!!! Ken “Squirt Baby Shoot Gilbert” with Bruce and Jim Knapp, AKA Jim Kaye, “The Big Tuna”

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  4. Great time with ALL friends and new friends!!!

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  5. Can someone correct my name in the top bar of this post? Amos screws up my name once and nobody can get it right anymore!

    It was a blast and a big thanks to Bob for hosting the gig, his family for tolerating all of us, and to Paul Walker and, of course, Jeff White of WRMI for letting a bunch of radio guys go wild on the airwaves.

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    • I’ll take care of it, Bill. I didn’t know if that was an air name or if you used your real name.

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  6. I appreciate that, Steve. I’ll let you “discover’ my air name once I hand over the scoped video aircheck to Gilmo. It came out pretty nice considering the number of people who walked in front of the camera.

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  7. For those jonesin’ for a behind the scenes peek at things Bob Gilmore gave me the OK to post the scoped video aircheck of the evening’s broadcast. It’s on my HobbyBroadcaster YouTube channel – https://youtu.be/r5G_Lfg-if4

    @Steve: Don’t know if you haven’t gotten to it yet, but my name is still misspelled at the top bar of the post here.

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    • I just got to it. You’re all set. Thanks for the video link!

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