MLK day to some is just a
day to get out of work. Others
find it a day to remember
the 60s and to many OLD
radio folk it be the day
one famous D.C.
radio kid done stepped in it
and slid all the way to
the front door and the parking lot!
Doug "The Greaseman" Tracht
was shocking when Howard was
still a gentile and Imus was
YOUNG! As most who were
good in those days his bumper hitch
had all the chrome rubbed off (no really
that thing he used to hook his trailer
to the car with) and radio stations were
scared to both hire him and even more scared
the competition WOULD hire him!
He has worked for:
* WRC AM 980 1973-1974 (Washington, DC)
* WPOP AM 1410 1974-1975 (Hartford, Connecticut)
* WAPE AM 690 (now FM 95.1) 1975-1982 (Jacksonville, Florida)
* WWDC FM 101.1 1982-1993, 4/5/2008 (Washington DC)
* WZGC FM 92.9 1991-1996 (Atlanta, GA)
* WYSP FM 94.1 1993-1996 (Philadelphia, PA)
* WJFK-FM 106.7 1993-1997 (Washington, DC)
* WARW FM 94.7 1997-1999 (Washington, DC)
* WDMV AM 700 2002-2005 (Washington, DC)
* WMET AM 1160 2005-2007 (Washington, DC)
* syndicated 3/5/2001-4/5/08
* WWDC FM 101.1 April 2008-October 2008 (Washington, DC)
* WFYV FM 104.5 October 1, 2008- Present (Jacksonville, FL)
* web-based radio, 11/07-Present getalife.tv
AND unlike so many
who got started in the early 70s he STILL
is in the business!
So what does this guy have to do
with MLK DAY?
OK, remember how Imus brought down the wrath of
Al and Jessie when he said the University of Tennessee
Lady Vols were flat beautiful players but when referencing
their opponent in the National Championship game..Don
criticized their hair style and their
practices of courtship? Got him canned for six long
months..BUT it paled in comparison to what
The Greaseman did twenty years earlier.
In 1985, while with WWDC in Washington, Tracht created an uproar by making an on-air crack about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrating the life and accomplishments of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., saying, "Why don't we plug four more and get the whole week off?" followed by, "Come on, now, you know I don't mean nothing!"
NOW many think that was THE
biggest politically incorrect
planned ad lib of all all time, but
hang on, the Grease had ONE more
left in him!
In February 1999, while at WARW (now WTGB), Tracht made a comment about James Byrd, who was murdered in 1998 by being dragged behind a pickup truck by two white supremacists. The Greaseman had been playing a song by Lauryn Hill. Tracht then stated, as a reference to the quality of her music, "and they wonder why we drag them behind trucks." After the comment, he immediately stated that he "didn't mean nothing." But it didn't help ease the backlash. This incident proved catastrophic to his radio career, igniting a firestorm of protest from listeners of all races, including Donnie Simpson, who savaged Tracht on his morning show on sister station WPGC-FM. Not only was Tracht quickly fired from WARW, but also he lost his position as a Volunteer Deputy Sheriff in Falls Church, Virginia.
Flash the Gray Lady,
better know as the paper
we love to hate could be
bought out buy a...
RICH Mexican dude named SLIM!
We kid you not, this is SO cool!
Check it out.
Zeek ran up to
the Big Dog Factory Outlet
Sunday after his new W&D
shrunk two of his prized Big Dog
long sleeve shirts and was SHOCKED
to hear the store was closing! Not just
the one store...but ALL of the Big Dog
stores! Reports from the "help"
at the store said not only were they
gone so was Echo Shoes along with nine
other big name stores in that mall.
Also, like Big Dog
it wasn't just in that location but it was
ALL of their locations...closed, gone, history
nothing more than a dream that was! Zeek did
report the Candy Kitchen was still thriving
and this months dipped caramel apples were
Enjoy the day off, don't forget HBO has
full coverage Tuesday of the