Monday, 23 July 2018

Gooooooooood Bye Adrian Cronauer, RIP


Adrian Cronauer!

(Well, thats how HE would have said it!)

ADRIAN CRONAUER, the man whose military radio antics inspired the character played by Robin Williams in the film 'Good Morning, Vietnam', has died. He was 79.  He died of age related problems at home.  

While broadcasting in Vietnam in the sixties Adrian started his AFN shows with the phrase, "Goooooood morning, Vietnam!" By way of Robin William's portaying of him in the film he inspired a generation of new DJs and influenced many to be more adventurous.
 The radio world owes him a great debt. RIP Adrian Cronauer.

One of the best known radio names the world over, Adrian began his own radio career aged just 12 years old on his school radio station in his home town Pittsburgh, Pa.  After getting a Masters Degree in Media Studies in New York he worked in radio, including a stint as morning DJ at Classical Music station in Virginia.  Adrian then trained as a lawyer before his military service, in Crete (Greece) and Vietnam.  

In the 1970s Adiran touted the idea for a TV SItcom that was to be a cross between MASH and WKRP in Cincinatti.  The result was Good Morning Vietnam.
In the brief presentation on the video link below, you can hear Adrian explain how the cry  
Goooooooooooooooooood Morning Vietnam!  
actually came about. And why it resonates so much with radio people.  Many of us have foluindered around at 6am wondering how the hell we are going to start a radio station's breakfast programme, when we only got out of bed minutes before!

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