(from Bud on WTIT: The Blog archives during 2007) We do
not know why this question popped into our brain today, but it
did. We thought it would give me a chance to tell you
something about some of our friends,besides me, who were
or are WTIT DJs.

Most of my close friends, have recorded on WTIT. Now while
his is NOT a list of my closest friends, these were the most
talented guys on Tape Radio during WTIT Tape Radio’s first
forty-five years. To add perspective, if you check out WTIT.
net you’d count close to 33 DJs have been considered staff,
with probably another ten having recorded with WTIT some
even listed at times. Let’s give it a go!

JUMPING JOHNNIE WALKER started recording in 1968 and
along with Bud navigated all the changes to our group to
make what it is WTIT today, into our 51st year. Johnnie could
do it all. He was our WTIT News Anchor from 1985 to 2015.
His biggest talent, besides just having a great sense of humor
were his dialects. Johnnie could literally do ANY accent. My
favorite example of this was in a show called “The Horrid
Experiment”. Johnnie playing a female & introduces himself as
“Juanita” to a guy she meets. In the middle of the bit his
accent shifted from Spanish to Italian. Without missing a beat
Johnnie said, “I donno wotts going on. Sometimes I’m Spanish
and sometimes I’m Italian. I think I’ll be Italian.” To which Billy,
playing the part of the boy she just met merely said, “I do like

When Johnnie left us to be nearer to family, everyone
understood. Last year of course Johnnie returned for our
50th in April of 2017. It would be the last time any of us saw
him. Johnnie passed away from a heart problem on July 4,
2018. We will never be the same. We love you, Big Guy!
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joined WTIT in 1985. He was on
the first tape of what we now call "the modern era", so he met  
Bouncing Billy during that recording session. He then really
took over Bill’s spot in our new line-up. Cos became the
Weather reporter (as was Billy) during our newscasts. My
favorite line of his was, “Tomorrow will be so bad that a hole
will open in the planet that will suck every living creature into
the molten lava in the center of the Earth. The outlook for this
weekend: Sunny and pleasant.” Cos also called himself the
WTIT Science Editor. He would always tell us a scientific
equivalent for the tape number on which we were recording.
Cos’ most recent appearance was at the 30th Anniversary
Party in 1997. Cos attended Bud’s 60th birthday party and his
wedding to Kathy on October 20, 2012. He is in our yearly
photos (in addition to his years recording) in 1995, 1997 ,
2001, 2011, 2012. Cos returned in 2017 for our 50th
Anniversary Show & Party.
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joined  WTIT shortly after our 20th
Anniversary Party in 1987. He is still with us and now has
been at WTIT over 25 years himself. Rock has done some
great work with us. He excels when doing the “Commentary”
on the WTIT Newscasts. He general can tangle an issue to
such a degree that he will asks listeners to write to him and
explain his own point of view. After giving a very strong
opinion he might add “but I am not really sure, and I could be
wrong.” Rock has the private eye character that he named
“Dain Bramage”. Naturally he is a bumbling detective and the
character has  been a great piece of Rock’s arsenal. Rock is
also a musician who has recorded with Jeff Pevar. Rock has
written a lot of jingles that WTIT uses in its “ad spoofs”. Rock
is one of the nine of us who have recorded in our current
studio, Studio 33 1/3 which opened in January of 2012.
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is Rock’s younger brother. He is
simply the most talented DJ that has ever recorded with us.
He can do it all. He is also a musician. Midnight is the only
member who has directed shows other than I. Midnight does
do accents well and almost immediately understood Tape
Radio without much help. His first recording stint on
WTIT was from 1988 to 1996. Here's an example of his wit: He
played a Greek visitor in WTIT’s spoof of “Bonanza”. I played
Ben Cartwright and asked Hoss to make sure two of the
servants were out of the guest room, implying they were
having a homosexual affair. Midnight as the Greek said, “No
Ben. Why don’t you and I do it? It will remind me of home.”
Midnight's return for the recording of our 45th
Anniversary Show in 2012 led to his occassional appearences
since including our 50th in 2017
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recorded with WTIT from its
very first tape in 1967 through our first tape of what I refer to
as the modern era (or that might be error) in 1985. It was a
big night. WTIT was relaunching with The Cosmic Commando.
We asked Billy to join us, either to return or just help Cos. We
never heard from Billy again after that night. Or so we
thought. Billy’s first go round were the years from 1967 to
1985. Billy had a ironic wit. He was the king of the “aside”
joke. Sometimes it wasn’t until we heard the recording back
that we realized what Billy had said. Billy was always very
funny. Billy and Bud recorded WTIT’s first tape. On August
23, 2013 Billy returned. He and Bud had met for drinks a
couple of weeks earlier. It was their first time together since
that 1985 recording. The first "Bouncing Billy Brewer Show"
was recorded in 2013, some 28 years after Billy’s last
appearance.Billy has not missed a session since.
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GYPSY GRILLO actually begin to sit in for our recording
sessions since we started in 1967. That first year he
would be known as our “chief engineer”. He actually
appeared occasionally, but did not become a DJ until
he and Johnnie Walker officially joined in June of 1968.
At that point (although we didn’t realize it for a couple
of years), we became what has since been known as
“the Original  five” WTIT DJs. I met Joe in fourth grade.
While we created comedy Gyps was one thing: silly. He’
s played a woman (as he did as Juliet in “Romeo &
Juliet”) and occasionally would forget to raise his
register. He’d always have a quick quip to explain it, or
just let the laughter of the rest of us subside and move
on. Gyps’ final recording was in 1974. Thanks to
facebook, we’re in touch. Gypsy Joe phoned in to WTIT’
s 45th Anniversary Show in 2012. In June of 2014 Gypsy
invited Billy, Johnnie & Bud over for a reunion of sorts.
Gypsy's food was fantastic. It had been 20 years since
Johnnie & Bud had seen him and nearly twice as long
for Billy. We're all just happy that through Facebook we
are in common touch. Top shot: 2014   Bottom shot: 1973
It seems right here, on Gypsy's HOF page we should share
the story of what appears to be our last night with him. For
the first time since 1973, 4 of the original 5 DJs partied
together. It was on June 27, 2014. From left: Bud Weiser,
Gypsy Joe, Johnnie Walker & Bouncing Billy! This was the
last chance as it turned out as Johnnie passed away last
year (2018).