He’s Still Rad

If you stick around this business long enough you make a lot of acquaintances and if you’re lucky, a few very good friends.

One of my oldest friends in the business is Rad Berky.  We first worked together on the late shift at WPOP radio in 1975, when it was an all-news station.  Rad made a name for himself as a top notch investigative reporter in Miami, and not long ago, moved to the NBC station in Charlotte.

On Tuesday, he got national attention for his interview with Alvin Greene, a most unusual candidate for U.S. Senate.  Here’s the deal.

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I emailed Rad, asking how he kept a straight face while Greene howled away. 

He replied:  “I owe it all to you. Remember the overnights at WPOP?”  And then he reminded me of an incident in which I tried to make him laugh while he read a “breaking story.”  (Hey, it was after midnight.) 

I was 23 at the time.  Seems like yesterday.




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I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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15 Responses to He’s Still Rad

  1. There’s a few people I know, some of whom read your blog regularly – like li’ em kel – who will agree with what I about to write. Anybody, who tries to get a newsman to break up as he reads a breaking news story, is a good man in my book.

    • Gerry says:

      We all need to be challenged from time to time. Someday I’ll get to the hotfoot story.

      • Li'l Em-Kel says:

        Hot FOOT? How ’bout hot copy.

        Back on my college station we would set fire to the newswire copy as the announcer read it. Teaches you to get to the point quickly. And not to just tear off three feet of copy and start reading.

        (Of course, we were students volunteers. Heh heh)

      • Gerry says:

        Hot copy=radio.
        Hot foot=TV.
        Both make for classic comedy. At least for the one with the lighter.

  2. Mary says:

    If we have to have a work, at least one of the benefits is meeting lifelong friends. There’s nothing better than a hearty laugh each day.

  3. Gerry's Mentor says:

    A true gentleman and a great journalist, not to mention a fellow Blissite! Great to hear Buzz is still at it.

  4. Alex says:

    My bad, I knew I got the saying reversed. He is a “fantastic” guy (although he’s no Gerry Brooks).

  5. Yvonne & Alex says:

    We worked with Rad at WPLG in Miami. He is a great guy and an even better reporter. We learned a lot from watching him work.

  6. Don Pesci says:

    It’s like watching a master baker putting the final touches on a wedding cake for an English Barron – just masterful, and the howling is a nice touch.

  7. Bob Porrazzo says:

    Ah, WCNC which goes by NewsChannel 36. Interesting that station in the new digital era goes by its analog signal. Did you know that station was IDing self by channel 6 (cable in Charlotte). Of course here in CT you have NBC CT (mainly with the cable 4 position; cable 6 for Cablevision customers) and Fox CT.

    By the way, some trivia for you. WCNC-TV once was called WRET-TV and was an independent station. The ‘RET calls were the initials of the stations owner…some crazy guy named TED TURNER!

    More about WCNC here… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCNC-TV

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