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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!


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!

By Steve West

Steve West is a 41 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve is the founder of and - All the BIG Hits!

9 thoughts on ““The Radio BBQ”, WRMI International, Lake Okeechobee FL | September 09, 2017”
  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!

  2. Radio Bob Gilmore – Connecticut – If there’s something related to Radio, Broadcasting, RF & Audio, I’m likely to find my way there. It’s something I have in my daily diet. My early years as a teen hanging out in radio stations and TV transmitter buildings have helped shape my hunger for the business. I started doing announcing part-time in 1976 and still do some limited radio announcing today for a few area radio stations in Connecticut. I spent 14 years doing Sunday mornings for WEBE 108. In the big picture, I was hired at ABC Radio as Project Engineer in 1999. Assignments were to build new control rooms and support affiliates with the Starguide III rollout. Soon there after I found myself upgrading systems, supporting all the studios and control rooms. I was promoted twice in my 9 year tenure there eventually ended up being Systems Engineering Manager in 2008 before I came to ESPN in Bristol. ESPN Radio has been my home to my daily diet of radio since May 2008. Some of my most enjoyable moments in the business have been spent here at ESPN Radio with the expansion of our new Control Rooms and Studios in 2011. My hobby’s are quite centered on radio as well. I’m a licensed Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator, call sign WD1M. I was President of the Fairfield Amateur Radio Association in 1991. I have archived over 7,000 audio airchecks dating back into my childhood and list many on my home page, I am a lifelong resident here in Connecticut.
    Radio Bob GilmoreBob Gilmore says:

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

  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”

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 – //

    @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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