Saturday, June 5, 2010

Finally 24 hours

It's funny how we take for granted that our entertainment world is available to us 24/7. And even that in many cases is not good enough as personal players, audio and video equipped cell phones and other devices can now play on demand much of what can heard or seen over the air.

Yet in reality it wasn't that long ago that radio and television stations would leave the air for portions of the overnight.

Such was the case with WTVN.

The station left the air at 2 in the morning only to resume broadcasting in time for the morning drive. That all changed on January 17, 1966.

Jonny Green (yes no h in the name) became the first host to sit in the overnight chair at WTVN. Green was already on staff doing some weekend work and came to Columbus to do studies at Ohio State. He had previous experience at WLEC in Sandusky.

Jo Bradley Reed in that days edition of the "Citizen-Journal" announced that the overnight hours would be staffed by Green from midnight to 5:30 am. Well that was caption under the picture. The portion of the article dedicated to announcement had Green being on air from 2 am to 5:30 am. And also from 2 am to 6 am. Proofreaders anyone?

It was the same seat I would occupy for about a year weekends on 610 some 12 years later.

Reed noted that Jonny would call his show the "Greenhouse Show" and take requests. Oh, and he had pretty red wavy hair. Yes, she noted that.

Green, according to the WTMJ website where he currently hosts afternoons, joined the Army that same year, worked on Armed Forces Radio and upon leaving the Army in 1969 moved to Milwaukee. He joined WTMJ. Besides a short stint in Florida and another station in Milwaukee, Green has been with WTMJ ever since.

He currently hosts the Green House in afternoon drive on the station.

But what happened to all the pretty red wavy hair?

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