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Randy & Spiff, Hawks announcer Steve Holman, Moby among winners at Georgia Radio Hall of Fame 2011

Randy Cook (left) and Spiff Carner (right) goof with J.J. Jackson, a former Hall of Fame winner before they received their own medallions. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Randy Cook (left) and Spiff Carner (right) goof with J.J. Jackson, a former Hall of Fame winner before they received their own medallions. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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  This elicited giggles from the crowd because, well, that was out of date.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 nwo that 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.”

Note the cap Spiff is wearing: "Space for rent."

Note the cap Spiff is wearing: "Space for rent."

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 wins

Moby relishes receiving his career achievement award.

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.

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.

"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.

“”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.

The ceremony included a 96rock reunion and tribute video created by Steve Mitchell (right), last heard on Eagle 106.7 but who also worked briefly for 96rock in the mid-1970s with Drew Murray (left), who spun the first record ever on 96rock: the Who's "Baba O'Riley."

The ceremony included a 96rock reunion and tribute video created by Steve Mitchell (right), last heard on Eagle 106.7 but who also worked briefly for 96rock in the mid-1970s with Drew Murray (left), who spun the first record ever on 96rock: the Who's "Baba O'Riley."

The ceremony included a 96rock reunion and tribute video created by Steve Mitchell (right), last heard on Eagle 106.7 but who also worked briefly for 96rock in the mid-1970s with Drew Murray (left), who spun the first record ever on 96rock: the Who’s “Baba O’Riley.”

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame president John Long and VP Sam Hale (right)

The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame president John Long and VP Sam Hale (right)

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.

 

Info about the other inductees, including Jim Wesley, Harley Drew, Richard Warner and John Young, is here at www.grhof.com.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

37 comments Add your comment

J.J. Jackson

October 16th, 2011
7:19 pm

Best show yet! Rodney you are so a part of this!

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carlton

October 16th, 2011
8:34 pm

Oh, I can’t tell you how sad it was to see Tom Hughes, a guy who could do the news and run a morning show like few have ever done, certainly in this market, and now we have what we have. The lack of a sterling morning news show probably keep sports talk alive in Atlanta.

Roz

October 16th, 2011
8:51 pm

This is so Frazier

Floating IP

October 16th, 2011
9:02 pm

LMAO at the pics of Captain herb and Mellish.

rod

October 16th, 2011
9:26 pm

Tom Hughes is one of the best radio men in the US and it is a shame he is not on the radio. the days of he and Steve Holman bantering about was priceless. I met The King at two Snowball Opens and he is as nice and gracious as anyone I have ever met

radio fan

October 16th, 2011
9:40 pm

WAY TO GO RANDY AND SPIFF!!! YOU EARNED IT!!!

Now if they would just stop playing musical chairs around the ATL radio dial…

One more correction: Kaedy Kiely was also let go from The River to make room for Eddie Money in the mornings. I don’t know where she is. She is very knowledgeable of the music she played on 97.1. There are others still at the station that aren’t.

Rodney Ho

October 16th, 2011
9:55 pm

@Radiofan. Kaedy was moved to mid-days. She is still with the River.

Niles

October 16th, 2011
10:49 pm

Right on Roz! And where was Steak Shapiro?

Hetch Hetchy

October 16th, 2011
10:49 pm

Good grief! Nobody is missing any meals, are they?

SAWB

October 16th, 2011
11:42 pm

“Good grief! Nobody is missing any meals, are they?”

Well, that’s why they call it a “face for radio”.

James

October 16th, 2011
11:57 pm

Where was Boortz?!

Peabody

October 16th, 2011
11:57 pm

It all seems rather sad.

Liz Lemon

October 17th, 2011
5:55 am

Jack

October 17th, 2011
6:40 am

So nice to see a picture of Steve McCoy, sorely missed from Atlanta radio.

jv

October 17th, 2011
7:41 am

Wow, some of the pictures of the honorees reminds us of the HUGE mistakes made by Atlanta radio execs..congratulations to Randy and Spiff, great to see Tom Hughes, Rhubarb. And of course, Atlanta radio will NEVER be the same without Kimmer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rick price

October 17th, 2011
7:50 am

I didn’t see the very best Atlanta had (has) to offer.Where was (is) Alley Pat.Pretty ‘White Bread” back slappin affair as near as I can tell.I’ve always took to heart Pat’s “The only reverend that wasn’t trying to get in your wallet was Rev Ray Charles” Ain’t it the Truth.

sara

October 17th, 2011
8:05 am

Boortz won several years ago. He’s soaking up the sun in Naples!

coolio

October 17th, 2011
8:16 am

i was at the event….you are probably giving randy and spiff a little too much credit – their acceptance speech was painfully long and not nearly as funny as they thought when they rehearsed it; but thankfully not as long as the 96 Rock tribute. You are right about Jay Thomas – he was hilarious.

KJ

October 17th, 2011
8:33 am

Coolio, I disagree. I would have enjoyed an entire night of 96 Rock tributes & loved Randy & Spiff’s acceptance speech. I do, however, whole heartedly agree that Jay Thomas was hilarious!

Bring back...

October 17th, 2011
9:54 am

…Gary McKee (and Randy & Spiff…)

mary mobley

October 17th, 2011
11:17 am

looking at spiff makes me think,dang it’s got to be bad getting old and bald!

Mike Thomas

October 17th, 2011
11:24 am

Great night. Really glad Dan Mason, now president of CBS Radio and former Z93 pd won along with John Young who’s team had double digit numbers every book at a time when Z, Q, and 96 ruled this town. Loved John’s acceptance speech, always inspiring.

alec baldome

October 17th, 2011
12:50 pm

hey spiff,there’s nothing worse than seeing some old man wearing a hat all the time because he’s ashamed of his bald head,take that hat off and sport that chrome dome,it’s not that big a deal,i mean it’s not like your young and good looking

TheLazyComic

October 17th, 2011
1:01 pm

I thought that was Steve Mitchell I saw at Golden Corral.

Smitty

October 17th, 2011
1:49 pm

Wow looks like the only winner was the guy that sold all these suits at the BIG and tall shop….

Hey alec baldome...

October 17th, 2011
3:02 pm

…Spiff does not wear the hat to cover his baldness, he wears it as his signature trademark. And to hide some of his “made for radio” countenance…

sheila

October 17th, 2011
5:19 pm

The one thing that the execs seemed to have missed is that on long commutes in Atlanta, listeners tend to bond with the morning creew of whichever station they listen to. I tuned in regularly to see what the caller/email of the day was about: Spiff often getting very close to the edge, Randy trying to keep everything going, the support staff involved. I liked the music, but listened because of Randy and Spiff. During ugly (or fugly as a favorite traffic reporter used to say…or stick a fork in it..) the conversations and laughter helped to lower the road rage and help you arrive at your destination in a better state of mind. I think it was the same for Moby and Kimmer, and others mentioned. Wouldn’t you think the owners would want listener loyalty?

Bev Whisenant

October 18th, 2011
9:17 am

Mornings aren’t the same without R&S; JJ, you were always my fave and I’d love to see you back on the radio. Meanwhile, I guess I’ll be listening to DaveFM……

Time & Temp

October 18th, 2011
3:01 pm

Rhubarbs head is too small for his body. Cap’n Herb is silly, Kirk Mellish isn’t real (his voice is computer generated) Plus he sounds like a drunk with his dentures about to fall out. Kaedy, what happened, you’re about as big as Rhubarb. Spiff, you aren’t really that funny. Maybe you need to reinvent yourself without that silly looking promo photograph. The cap can stay, but the silly looking laugh needs to go along with the laugh tracks that you used forever when a caller said something only they thought was funny.Gee, I’m glad ole repeat Slade wasn’t there. And my goodness, what about McCoy, he was wish to get out of town while he could instead of having to tote ole Vickie along forever.

maureen stokes

October 19th, 2011
11:49 am

I attended this as a guest. This is Georgia. Where were the Urban Stations? My boyfriends father received an award and even he was surprised at the slap in the face that there were no African Americans. Or women. Is this how radio is in other states?

Rodney Ho

October 19th, 2011
11:53 am

@Maureen Stokes. The Ga. Radio Hall of Fame has struggled to build a member base from the African-American radio community. As for women, yes, they are vastly under-represented in Ga. radio across the board, esp. during the old days.

Pants on the ground

October 19th, 2011
12:35 pm

Oh boy…here we go again. race race race.

Fredia

October 19th, 2011
1:03 pm

I have to say ‘ditto’ to the comments made by Sheila. I listen to the radio each morning to stay awake, control road rage, put myself in a good mood by laughing at comments made by the crew. Randy & Spiff provided all of that, plus more. Either the new owners are idiots, or just don’t care what their listeners want to hear. Cumulus won’t have to worry about me, I’ll tune in elsewhere….hopefully listening to R&S if some smart execs put them back on the air. Congratulations Randy & Spiff on this achievement, you certainly deserve it!!! Your listeners love & miss you.

Rufus

October 19th, 2011
1:30 pm

I never thought Spiff was funny at all. Their callers were actually regulars that called and Randy and Spiff always had their laugh track ready. They lost me long ago.Their radio schtict was good back in the 70’s when AM radio was big.

Sher

October 19th, 2011
3:13 pm

I agree with the comments about listening in the morning on the way to work. Randy & Spiff have always made the drive more pleasant. (Let’s face it – none of us are at our best on the morning drive and we need the humor, etc. to keep us sane.) Once more I will have to change my morning station. I will tune in elsewhre unless Randy & Spiff come back.

Dave

October 19th, 2011
6:40 pm

I miss Randy & Spiff alot. I guess I’ll just listen to Capt. Herb till they get a new morning show.