When Two Worlds Collide!
Most disciples of radio, especially those that spent time in the San Francsico Bay Area, know the names Dennis Erectus and Mel Karmazin. Mel's Infinity Broadcasting was the owner of the legendary San Jose rock station KOME-FM and Dennis was a notorius KOME personality (and the cloth from which all so-called "shock-jocks" that followed were cut).
This once-in-a-lifetime photo was captured at a station event and probably marks the only time that Erectus ever out-dressed Mel! By the smiles on their faces, you can tell that there was some twisted mutual admiration moment in progress.
I can only imagine what was being said at the exact time the picture was taken!
Mel has gone on to lead Sirius/XM Radio and sadly, Dennis suffered a severe heart attack in 2006 that has him still recovering.
I have met many people in my over 35 years of radio, but few as different and talented as these two. I owe them both for just being a part of their respective worlds.
This is as special as a picture gets and I wanted to share it with you all!
Dave RF Wohlman
* Dennis "Erectus" Netto died on June 11, 2012 after suffering a second an fatal heart attack. His family lost a wonderful man, radio lost an innovator and originator and I lost one of my best friends. You will be missed Mr. E.