On June 16, 2004 we
heard from Don Hanzlik
My first week there, the station was still owned by Ted Turner, then sold to a local group. [TT's Note: Chuck Smith, who owned WTMA before Ted Turner, repurchased it.] At WTMA, my air name was Mad Dog Morgan, I did the 7p-midnight shift in the mid 70s (pulled a 32 share in one book - and that is no exaggeration. I immediately got a 10 percent raise -- then six months later went to 15Q - WQSN for another 10 percent raise!!!).
Don Morgan WTMA 65th
Lee Richards was the WTMA Program Director who hired me-- and he was abruptly followed by Crazy Bob McLain; John Burwell was Production Director; Bob James was the all-night guy. Al Khami and Steve Bell were the news people. Chris Pinckney [Gery London] was in there somewhere. Can't recall anyone else, off hand. And of course, there was the FM station, WPXI. Pixie in Dixie!
One of the WTMA sales guys was a real sleaze-ball...but in a good sense. He had an account with a strip club, and most of the girls lived at the same West Ashley apartment complex (Townhouse Village, I think) my wife and I were at, right across Sam Rittenburg Blvd. from where the studios/transmitter were located then, and still may be. The girls would be out tanning every day, along with their pit bull terrier -- NOT an attack animal -- and my wife would get pissed that I'd be ogling them. But, knowing I worked for "Tiger Radio" they would come over and talk from time to time.
-- Don Hanzlik (Mad Dog Morgan)
John Burwell comments:
Don Morgan! Oh yes! - He was
Mad Dog Morgan on 7-mid - Don Morgan everywhere else, and Don Hanzlik in
real life. A good talent - kind of a "screamer." The kids loved him, and
so did the Arbitron. When he left us and went to 15Q (1450-WQSN) he went
nowhere in the ratings. It wasn't his fault - We owned the market - Brand
The abrupt ending of Lee
Richards (actual name - Richard Booth) happened this way - Lee
opened up a side business selling pots and pans (I am not kidding) in a
kind of "Tupperware" or "Amway" sort of merchandising way. Lee and I were
good friends, and I knew about the business, but management didn't. He
started spending more and more time on his second business and management
eventually found out about it. John Trenton treated it almost like
adultery. He fired him right then and there. You were either all TMA or no
TMA. No exceptions. (Besides that, our numbers were declining and Lee's
days were numbered anyway.) I did AM drive for about three months until
Bob arrived, and hated every minute of it. I also had to do the morning
shift for about 3 months in 1979 after the PD named Randy (and I don't
remember his last name) left us.
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