Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.
Phlash Phelps, one of radio's most creative personalities - who kept getting fired for his on-air antics and burned through 17 jobs before landing at XM on August 21, 2000 - is celebrating 14 years at the sat-caster.
Former Governor Dirk Kempthrone of Idaho, who was also once Mayor of Boise and Secretary of the Interior during the Bush 43 years, is a big fan of the morning host on Sirius XM's Sixties on 6 channel. To honor Phelps, he is having an American flag flown over the Capitol dome to mark the event. The flag will then be presented to Phelps as a special keepsake!
Phelps was hired even before the official launch of XM on September 21, 2001 by Dave Logan and Lee Abrams who were searching for a wacky DJ (like they were in the 60's) for mornings. The original sign-on date was planned for September 12, 2001, but because of the tragic events of September 11th was delayed by ten days. I had video (imagine that) of Phlash at WKMZ in Martinsburg, WV and from B-106 in Fort Wayne, IN. When Logan and Abrams viewed it, they exclaimed "Oh my God!", not knowing anyone like that still existed. He was hired on the spot.
It's nice to know that entertainment is still a viable commodity on the radio, even if you sometimes have to pay for it.
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