2011 flashback: Randy & Spiff, Moby, Steve Holman among Georgia Radio Hall of Fame inductees

Randy Cook, J.J. Jackson and Spiff Carner. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

This was originally posted on October 17, 2011 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Comic actor and radio host Jay Thomas was reading the pre-written biographies of the career achievement winners of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame at Saturday night’s ceremony. He had no idea who most of the people were. In fact, he admitted he was reading the information cold.

So when he got to Randy Cook and Spiff Carner, best known as Randy & Spiff, he read that they were morning hosts at WYAY-FM (best known to us as Atlanta’s Greatest Hits 106.7).  This elicited giggles from the crowd because, well, that was out of date. The pair lost their jobs Oct. 3, 12 days earlier. Thomas had no way of knowing this factoid and was briefly confused by the hubbub.

Fortunately, Carner isn’t one to sugarcoat things. He yelled out: “They fired us!”

Thomas quickly recovered: “What’s funny: I sent a tape off this morning!”

Then he mused: “Those are the worst call letters: WYAY. Yah? What did you do? How did you get fired?”

“We went to work,” Spiff cracked, eliciting guffaws from the sold-out ballroom at the Hilton Hotel & Conference Center in Marietta.

“It’s a Cumulus thing,” he added. “You wouldn’t understand.” (Cumulus had purchased Citadel, which owned Atlanta’s Greatest Hits, and the deal closed in mid-September.)

Thomas then riffed, with his signature sarcasm: “They have quite a few irons in the fire. One of them is definitely in rehab. The other one’s wife is about to leave him now hat he’s home.”

When Spiff arrived on stage, he handed Thomas a card and the pair showed off CDs and thumb drives as resumes to the crowd. On stage, the pair went through a facetious history of their time in Atlanta, from Fox 97 to Cool 105.7 to Lite 94.9 to WGST to True Oldies 106.7/Atlanta’s Greatest Hits, using different logo-ed caps on Spiff’s head as visual aids. Then Spiff placed a cap on his head which read “This space 4 rent.”

Spiff Carner (left) and Randy Cook (right) were inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. Spiff wore a cap that said “Space for Rent.” CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Other notable personalities metro Atlantans would be familiar with who won Career Achievement Awards last night were country radio host Moby and veteran “The Voice of the Hawks” announcer Steve Holman.

Moby relishes entering the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Though Moby was let go from Kicks 101.5 in 2002 after 12 years and had a very brief run at what was then Z93, he now has his own syndicated network called Moby in the Mornings, which he has run on his own for seven years. He currently is on nine stations, including WNGC-FM in Athens and South 107 in Rome. He dubs it the “biggest small town in America.”

“I’m so tickled to say, by God, it ain’t over yet,” he said to the audience. “God bless Atlanta radio!”

Holman has announced a whopping 1,890 Hawks games in a row over 26 years, “Let’s hope we have a 27th,” he said, alluding to the current NBA lockout. “I had to pay for these tickets!” At age 57, he said NBA broadcasters “stay til we’re pretty much dead. I’m 57 years old. I figure I have another 20 years – as long as I’m not senile.”

Tom Hughes, former WGST-AM morning man until 2006, and 2011 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame career achievement recipient Steve Holman, worked together at WGST from 1990 until 2006. Hughes received the award last year.

“I feel good!” yelped Deanna Brown Thomas, James Brown’s daughter, who accepted her father’s Legacy radio award Saturday night. Her dad owned WRDW in Augusta for a period. . “He didn’t have problem with giving all types of young people black and white jobs in radio so they could have a career,” she said.

Jay Thomas was hilarious as emcee, relating stories about his radio days (he’s now at Sirius/XM) and joking about how resentful he was to never get a job in Atlanta radio.

Star 94 Music Director Michael Chase and former Star 94 morning host Steve McCoy, who now hosts a morning show in Denver at Kool 105.

Two former rivals, Moby and Rhubarb Jones, are all smiles last night at the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. The pair battled each other in the 1990s with Rhubarb at Y104/Y106 and Moby at Kicks. And no, the marks on Moby’s face are from a rifle scope hitting him as he was hunting deer. Rhubarb was not responsible! CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

96rock alums Steve Mitchell and Kaedy Kiely (now at the River) salute the station, which went away in 2006, replaced by Project 9-6-1.

Cox Radio contingent included AM750 and 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB’s “Captain” Herb Emory, Kirk Mellish and Kelly McCoy (B98.5)

The ceremony featured a video of one of Jay Thomas’ funniest radio anecdotes. It’s from the Letterman show in 2009 about his time as an “herbed up” program director in Charlotte with the actor who played Lone Ranger. And it’s on YouTube, too.


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