(from 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. Johnnie can do it all. He was our
WTIT News Anchor from 1985 to 2015. His biggest talent,
besides just having a great sense of humor are his dialects.
Johnnie can 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 meatballs”. Johnnie is still
one of my best friends to this day. Johnnie has moved back to
Colorado. While we are sure  miss him, we hope that he will be
happier nearer to family. Johnnie returned for our 50th in April
of 2017.
 Top shot: 2015 Bottom: 1970: Induction
Inaugural  











THE COSMIC COMMANDO
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.
Top shot: 2012  Bottom: 1986
Induction Inaugural  










ROCK ROLLING 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.
Top shot: 2012  Bottom shot: 1987: Induction Inaugural  









THE MIDNIGHT PLOWBOY 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..  Top
shot: 2012  Bottom shot: 1988 Induction Inaugural  












BOUNCING BILLY BREWER 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. Top shot: 2015  Bottom shot: 1974:
Induction Inaugural  









GALLOPING GARY TOWNSEND was with WTIT from its
second recording in 1967 to our 15th Anniversary show
in 1982. Gary was one of the brightest people I have
ever met. He could be deadly serious when talking
politics or about life. He was very clever, as well. One
of my favorite series of lines Gary wrote was in a show
called “The Bounty Hunter”. Gary had become sheriff in
a small town when of course, the shit hit the fan.
Another character (played by Billy) asked, “What are we
going to do?” Gary replied, “How should I know? I knew
I shouldn’t have taken this job. For that matter, I
shouldn’t have taken this role.” Gary has appeared in
WTIT Staff Pics for celebrations in 1995, 2011 and 2012.
In July of 2014 Gary read on our Facebook page
(facebook.com/WTITRADIO) when we were recording
that month. So for the first time since 1982, The
Galloping Gary Garage return to WTIT. He drove up
from D.C. with his son, Gary Jr., to see his 92 year old
dad. Bud said it was one of the biggest surprises of his
life. When Gary knocked on the door he simply said,
"We are recording tonight, no?" Gary also returned for
our 50th in 2017. Top shot: 2014  Bottom shot: 1970
Induction Inaugural  









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 Induction 2012
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!