Monday, August 08, 2005

Greg Dumas

In 1976 & 1977 I worked in Thibodaux at KXOR-FM. At the time the station's manager was Greg Dumas. KXOR (XOR spells ROX, backward) had a great staff, Al Nassar (Ya Pal Al) did the morning show and I did afternoons and evenings. Gayle "Boom-Boom" Callahan answered the phones (none of us will every forget you, Gayle) and Greg was the manager. Greg taught me, in the early days, that radio should be FUN! One of the contests we did, once upon a time, was a guessing game. Al and I rode a mini-motorcycle around town for 30-days. The person who came closest to guessing how many miles we would put on the odometer won it. We rode that little thing all over the place. I wonder if it still exists?

One of my favorite, old radio stories involves Greg Dumas. It was Mardi Gras and Greg had recently bought a new Corvette. He was very careful with it, but decided it would be cool to drive it in the Thibodaux Mardi Gras parade. He was on-the-air, doing a live update during the parade "line-up" when a horse tripped and fell on his new Corvette! Right across the hood! Greg, in a moment of extreme calm, yells, on-the-air, mind you, "Oh SHIT!!!" Today FBI and FCC agents would've come out of the wordwork to carry him away, but, that day, nothing happened. It was funny, though. No one, including the car, suffered any major damage.

These pictures were taken a couple of years later, in 1979 at a WJBO/WFMF pool party at the Hilton Hotel. Greg was working in sales, at the time. In the top pic Greg is with Terri Lynn (she did the news) and, in the second that's Ron Casey on the left. Ron also did the news on WJBO, back in those days. He had also done a top-forty music show on WIBR.


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