This is part 2 of the 4-part interview that I did with Robert Limgallon about three weeks ago. Most of today’s content centered on WNST Radio and the industry in general. Wednesday will feature questions about the Ravens, Orioles and the local sports scene. On Thursday, the interview wraps up with questions and answers about the lawsuit that was filed against WNST in the spring of 2011.
I hope you enjoy Part 2.
RL — Thankfully I’m not up early enough to hear the start of your show each morning but I know from the replays at night that you start every show by playing “Raised on the radio”. How did that start?
DF — You know, I’m not exactly sure when I started playing it. It was sometime shortly after I started doing the show on my own in November of 2006.
RL — You like the song that much or is it symbolic for something?
DF — I really was “raised on the radio”. First, though, it’s a great song. I feel like it’s a good way to start the show…it has some bounce and energy to it. And I was definitely raised on the radio by my mom and dad. They both loved music. My mom and I used to listen to Casey Kasem’s Top 40 on WCAO and we debated which songs finished where. The radio was always on in my house growing up. Over the last few years I’ve had Rob Fahey in studio to play some music and do the live version of the song and that’s been a lot of fun.
RL — What about sports radio growing up? Did you listen?
DF — Oh, man, the radio was almost all we had in the 1970’s. When a game was on TV, it was a special occasion. I got the radio bug mostly by listening to the Orioles in the summer and the Capitals in the winter. I was absolutely hooked on listening to Capitals hockey on WTOP. I fell asleep to Ron Weber’s voice in my ear many a night. In fact, the reason why I’m sitting here doing this interview with you today is all because of Ron Weber. You have him to thank.
RL — How so?
DF — In 1978, I was playing youth hockey for the Benfield Flames. We were playing a game at the Bowie Ice Rink and someone mentioned that Ron Weber’s son was playing in the age group below mine. I didn’t see him that day, but I sent a letter to him at the Capitals office asking him for an interview for school and he agreed. I met him at Bowie a couple of weeks later and he was gracious enough to give me an hour. I asked a bunch of completely dumb questions and I’m sure I was nervous as hell, but he was such a gentleman about it. So when you reached out to me and asked if you could do this, I thought back to that day with Ron Weber at Bowie. He did it for me, I’m doing it for you. Although this took almost a year for us to put this together.
RL — I assume you grew up a Chuck Thompson fan?
DF — Of course, didn’t everybody? I remember going over to a neighbor’s house, the Ravadge family, and the mom, Libby, had the Orioles on every single night. We’d sit in her kitchen and play cards and I’d bum iced tea off of her and listen to the baseball game on the radio.
RL — Is that when you thought about a career in radio, listening to Chuck Thompson and Ron Weber?
DF — I never thought about being a talk show host, if that’s what you mean. Actually, I used to listen to Larry King a lot, which is weird for a 14 year old, I suppose, but I kept my radio on all night and he came on overnights on WTOP. I grew up wanting to be Ron Weber, frankly. My goal when I was a teenager was to be the play-by-play voice of the Capitals. That was my dream gig.
RL — What happened to that?
DF — The Blast happened to that, basically. I got a job. I started working in the soccer business. And I was working with the radio team of Art Sinclair and Charley Eckman, so while I wasn’t actually doing the commentating, I was part of the show, which was enough for me at age 19. (Please see next page)