Can anyone help crowd source this radio question?

A question arrived from Jake via email over the weekend. I have no answers, so perhaps you can help. Here we go:

“Like many of my generation, I had a radio in my bedroom as a kid. It was a doorway to the world of music, especially at night. I loved hearing skipped signals from far away. I have a musician friend, Big JohnnyBlue (born in 1960) who recalls hearing a station out of Rochester NY. The late-night DJ on this station played a wide selection of music that changed Johnny’s life. Johnny only remembers “Grady” as the DJ’s name.

“Johnny says he been working on a song for this “DJ and the shows for 50 years”. Johnny tried finding bio info on the DJ or the show and came up empty. I’ve picked up the search, and so far have made a couple of contacts on Facebook in the Rochester area, but no actual bio information. I believe the station was WCMF in Rochester, but I’m just going on their history as a progressive radio station coming out of the 1960s. It’s possible the DJ and the show were syndicated. We aren’t even sure if the DJ is still alive. If he is, Johnny has a big thank you for him.

“If you have any insights, ideas, leads, or know of any books or articles, your input would be most welcome. If not, this is still a good story about the power of music.”

Any ideas?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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