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A Scott Lowe Special: “The Chucker Revolution” | Winter 2009

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Contributor Scott Lowe checks in with a fantastic interview with Chuck Kirr, aka “The Chucker”. As you know, we’ve partnered with BigAppleAirchecks often in the past, and interestingly enough, Mr. Lowe contacted US about posting this great piece of work himself.

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Scott Lowe describes this interview:

I recently interviewed “Chucker” (formerly from WKBW, WFUN, WTIX + others) and assembled a fast paced 45 minute audio documentary that combines the Q&A with sample airchecks from each station he was at. I put the whole thing together with special thanks to Matt Seinberg, for access to the master reels that belonged to Chucker.

What you will hear is simply a wonderful piece of work.

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“The Chucker Revolution”

In the 70’s, Chucker’s career stops included Top 40 heavyweights like WKBW Buffalo, WFUN Miami and WTIX New Orleans. Today, he calls himself Dr.Dr. and owns Oldies, WZPH-LP “The Zephyr” in Zephyrhills, FL.

How did Chucker wind up on the station roof to talk down a man with a gun? Did he really sink his PD’s boat during a casual jock meeting? How many centuries would it take to play one billion songs in a row? Originally produced in late 2009 for Big Apple Airchecks, Scott Lowe sat down with “Doc” for a fast paced interview that answers all of these questions and features classic airchecks from his career. You will also hear on-air samples from WRIT Milwaukee, WFLB Fayetteville, WGOW Chattanooga and much more!

Note: Former WFUN DJ Alan Polasky has partnered with another WFUN jock to create a great tribute site to the great WFUN 790 – Click this link to head to www.wfuntribute.com. Thanks to Alan Polasky for sending along the correction!

Author

Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.

Comments

Paul L Tucker
March 28, 2011 at 12:44 am


That was an incredible interview with the impressive Doc Thayer and all of his former names. He has been around for a very long time, and I really love his commercial-free oldies format on WZPH 96.7 FM in Zephyrhills,FL. I listen to it on the WEB at WZPHFM.com. Everyone should listen to his interview and to his radio station!



Cheryl gifford
March 30, 2011 at 7:02 am


I, too, was very excited to hear the interview. “Chucker” was an important part of my life during a troubled time. I was glad to find out more about him. I, too, listen to Doc Thayer but on the iPhone app. Thank you, Scott Lowe, for the wonderful interview. And thank you Doc for being such a great radio personality



Lisa Bamberger
March 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm


I enjoyed the interwiew. Before this I only knew of Dr Dr “Doc” Thayer as the “Impressive Hulk” owner of WZPH 96.7 fm in Zephyrhills, FL. Thanks for taking me on an awesome time machine ride throughout his career!



April 28, 2012 at 10:43 am


Uh oh. Now that hated middle name I got rid of legally is known. I just read Cheryl’s post. She found my first 45 rpm I did at age 18. What an experience…driving along and my record comes on the radio. I wanted to roll down the window and holler: “HEY! THEY’RE PLAYING MY RECORD ON THE RADIO.” Two cows and a hog would have heard me.



Chris Clement
September 6, 2013 at 4:21 am


No “dead air” here! Fascinating. I wish my ears could listen faster!



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