September 22, 2021

5 thoughts on “Johnny Apollo, 1590 WWUN Jackson MS | 1968

  1. Johnny Apollo eventually became Gary Burbank, and his career took him to WAKY, WNOE, CKLW, WHAS, a long career at WLW, as well as the Radio Hall of Fame. I had never heard any of Gary’s pre-WAKY material and didn’t even know any existed. Some of Gary’s voices were already in place in this aircheck. Jackson (with a majority African-American population) has had great top 40 radio over the years.

    1. As soon as I read that on facebook it dawned on me, having heard that voice so many times on WLW as a trucker going through Ohio after getting out of the Navy. Holy wow! I have since lost (but now gotta go through a few years worth of old emails) the liner notes that Rob Grayson sent along with the airchecks. Gonna have to completely re-present the aircheck post now LOL… Thank you so much for that info!

  2. This station was actually Gary’s third radio station in his career, after leaving his first gig at KLPL in Lake Providence, Louisiana, and KUZN in West Monroe, Louisiana (his second stop). You’ll note in this aircheck, he was already developing his zany character voices which would carry him throughout his career. This was a REAL find. Thanks for posting it.

  3. Gary Burbank also had a song in 1980 called “Who shot J.R.?”, the main villain on “Dallas”. Trivia time: It was Kristin (played by Mary Crosby) who did the deed. The Band McNally backed Burbank on that song.

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