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Welcome to WTIT Tape Radio. The Nation’s first & longest running Tape Radio Station. We know that your first question is: What
the hell is a Tape Radio station? Like many young people, WTIT founder, Bud Weiser had strong desire to become a radio disc
jockey. In the sixties, a majority of DJ’s had names like “Rusty Potts”, “Sandy Beach” and “Rusty Nails”. Our founder thought “Bud
Weiser” was the perfect radio name. The irony is that while Bud spent years working in radio, he was never known as Bud Weiser.
Now, while playing music and jingles was always a strong part of WTIT, the main ingredient was comedy. While the jocks played the
rocks songs of the era (see: WTIT Top Songs of the Decade), the guys (and at time ladies) would create whatever comedy bit
seemed to fit their fancy. At times WTIT would perform spoofs of commercials, TV shows, movies & the News. But in addition, the
WTIT DJs would talk and joke about their lives at that time, debated politics and moaned about girlfriends, and later wives. And later:
divorces, remarriages, kids and jobs. WTIT became a journal of the life of a group of friends. These guys always were very close
friends. The first tape was recorded in May of 1967. All tapes still exist, there aren’t any “lost” tapes and the recordings span from
1967 to 2005 as of the inception of this web site.
The main difference between Bud’s creation of WTIT and other kids who tried “Tape Radio” is that WTIT never ended. It morphed.
While friends change over time with all of us, during the nearly forty years of WTIT, new jocks replaced the old. There were even
brief periods that the taping paused. At times WTIT seemed to be toast, only to have the whole Tape Radio thing start up again. A
good example of this was in 1982. It had been a couple of years between tapes. The group decided to have a 15th reunion/last
tape show. The tape number was 136. Within a short period of time, the process started up all over again, but since the last show
included members flying in from across the country, new members were recruited. There are nearly 575 tapes as of September of
Along with Bud, the “founding fathers” included Galloping Gary and Bouncing Billy, “the Original Barefoot Boy”. These were 15-year-
old kids. While at first, a lot of others DJs contributed (see “WTIT Staff”) by 1968 the five main seats were filled. With Bud, Gary &
Bill, it would be Killer Joe and Johnnie Walker that would complete the first “starring” DJ staff. This lineup would last six years. Bud’s
first marriage was at the end of 1973. Gary had finished college in Washington, D.C. and remained in the Capitol. Gary returned
quite a bit and taped through the 15th Anniversary show in 1982. Joe, already married and was to become a very famous PGA
caddy and still is on the tour today. Joe’s last tape was in 1974. Johnnie & Billy decided to tour the country and left after Bud’s
wedding. Billy would return, but Johnnie stayed in Colorado where he taught skiing.
By 1974, Killer Joe had left and would be replaced by Gregarious Greg. Gary, while still in D.C., returned often enough to keep “his
seat warm and contribute.” “Many” Miles took Johnnie Walker’s seat, although ironically would leave by 1976 only to be replaced by
Johnnie Walker who had returned with his wife to Connecticut. Johnnie would never give up his chair again. Along with Bud Weiser,
Johnnie would help navigate all the changes to come. In 1977, WTIT held their 10th reunion (for former jocks) and the staff was Bud
Weiser, Johnnie Walker, Galloping Gary, Gregarious Greg and Ken Kolt. Kolt had been taping on and off since 1969, but now had
basically grabbed Bouncing Billy’s seat.
No changes in staff wound occur until 1985. The Infamous 1982 “Last Tape Show, 15th Anniversary Party” would star Bud, Johnnie,
Gary, Greg and Ken. It would be Ken’s and Gary’s final tape. Gary and his family were firmly settled in D.C. There would be a
falling out with Ken, whom would never return. Gary (as of 2005) has never recorded bits with WTIT again, but did return for Bud’s
second wedding reception. (If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a idiot about it.) Our current cast of
DJ characters, at the wedding reception, really enjoyed meet a “founding father”, Galloping Gary. You have to understand that most
of the current jocks only knew Gary through pictures and tapes. Bud made sure that the official 1995 WTIT Staff Picture would be
shot at this reception. So along with 1995’s current DJs: Jon, Rock, Captain, Midnight, Harvey & Bud; the picture included The
Cosmic Commando and Galloping Gary.
In 1985, WTIT returned to taping on a weekly basis. There were a lot of empty chairs. Bud Weiser and Johnnie Walker were the
only two remaining and new recruiting was in order. In the meantime, Bud contacted Bouncing Billy, because Billy still remained in
the area, a high ranking official in a local police department. Billy returned for one last tape, with Bud and Johnnie, and the new
rookie, the Cosmic Commando, who would actually replace Bill. Before 1985 ended, Bob Smirnoff would grab Gary’s vacant chair.
The empty chair, which once sat Killer Joe, and then Gregarious Greg, would remain empty until 1986. In January of 1986, B.B.
Bacardi would join the group. This line-up, of Bud, Johnnie, Cos, Bob & B.B., would be responsible for a great deal of comedy
because of the frequency of the sessions.
1987 was a huge year for WTIT. It was the 20th Anniversary and the group hit Tape 200. In January of 1987, a 20th
Anniversary/Tape 200 party was held. Along with the current staff of Bud, Johnnie, Cos, Bob and B.B., Gregarious Greg, and two
contributors from the sixties, Carter B. and Teddy Q would spend a memorable night with a guest, Moonbeam. What was not known
at the time was that while taping Tape 200; Bob Smirnoff would announce his intention to quit. Bob was changing jobs and travel
was involved. Something had to give, and it turned out it was WTIT. Bob would do a couple of surprise visits in 1987 & 1988, but
was essentially done.
Before 1987 finished, Rock Rolling took Bob’s place. Rock’s brother, the Midnight Plowboy would become a contributor by 1988. In
1988, B.B. literally vanished. No one at WTIT ever heard from him since, and to this day it is unknown what became of him. While
there was a big push for Midnight to become a regular, his commitments to a huge local Hartford rock band, prohibited it. A business
partner of Rock’s, Mic Dry, took B.B.’s place. It would not be long though, before WTIT lost an important member. The Cosmic
Commando would be promoted in his job and move.
By 1990, Mic left both WTIT and Rock’s business. A friend of the Midnight Plowboy’s, Captain Morgan, would replace Cos. B.B.’s
chair was another story. Sam Buca was recruited and contributed, but never “signed up”. As fate would have it, Midnight left his
band and became a member. Harvey Wallbanger would join in 1993, and for the first time WTIT carried six members. Harvey, still a
very close friend of Bud’s, would move to Atlanta in 1995 after Bud’s second wedding. Harvey is a very successful artist in Atlanta.
In 1997 a 30th Anniversary Party would be held. Ironicly, it would be the last tape from what was known as The Turnbull Studio,
because Bud’s second marriage was ending. Midnight and Captain were taping more sporadically by then. The line-up on the 30th
Anniversary Show was Bud Weiser, Johnnie Walker, The Cosmic Commando, Rock Rolling and Gregarious Greg.
Since the 30th Anniversary Show, WTIT has been recording with less frequency. But we still crank it out now and then. The next big
event happened in 2007. WTIT had reached the 40 year-old milestone. The DJ staff that night in August was: Bud Weiser, Johnnie
Walker, Rock Rolling and Gregarious Greg. Today the WTIT Comedy has reached a whole new audience through our blog. WTIT:
The Blog has won multiple awards for its comedy blog. Bud Weiser host the site. In 2009 the blog has reach 1000 posts, averages
hundreds of hits a day and has been visited by over 150,000 people. Occasionally, WTIT DJ Harvey Wallbanger contributes to the
blog. Obviously, WTIT: The Blog has reached a huge audience that the Tape Radio station could not. Of course when you have a
radio station the you have to be in the WTIT Studio to hear, it limits your audience. Please sign our guest book and check out our
blog! Enjoy your time here.