Guest Writer Dana McDonald, Morning Host – WNCL (Cool 101.3)
Ask any radio personality about some of the crazy things they’ve done during their career, and you will hear stories from milking goats to jumping out of airplanes, and everything in between! Even the more serious Less Nessman (WKRP) types have a story or two in their past about “flying turkeys”. I’ve NEVER been one of those people who could sit behind a desk or in a cubicle all day selling something or answering phones, no offense to anyone who does. Luckily for me my love of music and twisted sense of humor came together when I discovered radio in 1983! There are WAY too many stories to mention here, but some of the funniest things that come to mind over the last 30+ years include building a homemade raft for the Downtown Salisbury Festival, when I worked at Q-105, which literally sank in less than a minute, to entering a goat milking contest at the Salisbury Mall, to racing Wrestling legend “Big John Stud” in a horse race at Ocean Downs, where my horse literally lifted it’s tail and pooped on me coming around the last turn… true story.
Flash forward to Fredericksburg Virginia and B-101.5 when one of my funniest memories involved emceeing a pub crawl…enough said, I still can’t smell Tequila to this day. From there it was on to 93-7, WSTW in Wilmington. One of the coolest perks of working for a heritage radio station is getting to meet and interview HUGE artists like Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morissette, and my personal favorite, RUSH, among others.
And then there are the “stunts” that will live in my memory, and on my tongue, forever…like losing an on-air bet and having to eat an onion like an apple, drink sour milk, and sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” live on the air…it’s been over 10 years since I’ve done that, and I still want apologize to my listeners for that. I’ve also rappelled down a 17 story building, Over The Edge, and jumped in the Atlantic Ocean, Polar Bear Plunge, to benefit Special Olympics Delaware. I’ve run boot camp style 5K’s, Mud Run, to benefit Leukemia research, and have helped raise over $1,000,000 for A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children with our annual Radiothon. Just a few weeks ago I asked listeners what they would do for Firefly tickets. I quickly found out that my listeners are extremely loyal, and a little crazy! Entries included a listener who put all of his fingers in mouse traps. Another got completely covered in glue and feathers.
One listener even tattooed the radio station on her body. And just last week we had listeners submit “Dad Jokes” for a chance to win brand new power tools for dad on Father’s Day. That was crazy fun. I’ve been told from day one that those of us who work in radio aren’t “quite right”, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for reading this, and check me out weekday mornings between 5:30-10 a.m. on Cool 101.3.
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