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Outrageous, Funny, and Sometimes Perplexing Deejay Names

Getting Noticed is the First Step to Fame

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DJ Laz, 106.7 WRMA-FM/Miami

DJ Laz, 106.7 WRMA-FM/Miami "The Pimp with the Limp"

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Not long ago President Obama did an interview with a radio host from Florida named DJ Laz (WRMA-FM/Miami "DJ 106.7") also known as the "Pimp with a Limp." Some might think "Pimp with a Limp" is offensive but, from my perspective it's an ingenious bit of marketing. In a competitive business like radio people look for any way to stand out. A name people remember is a great start.

That said, I started to think about some of the great names that have been used in the radio business over the years. There are so many famous people with monikers that have captured the attention of listeners.

Wolfman Jack was one of the coolest, hippest, earlier pioneers of Top 40 radio who began life as Robert Weston Smith but later rose to fame working at border station XERF, a 250,000 watt monster just over the Mexican border that blanketed North America.

The Greaseman comes to mind. His real name is Doug Tracht and he became well known at gigs like WAPE-AM, Jacksonville and WWDC-FM, Washington, D.C. Greaseman got his name in college when a fellow student at the college radio station referred to Tracht's on-air performance at "cooking with grease". It stuck.

Anyone who lives in Chicago probably knows the name John "Records" Landecker. He's a legendary radio personality. When Landecker worked at WLS-AM between the 1960s and 1980s, he became known for a feature called "Boogie Check" which featured quick edits of listeners compressed into a minute or two.

How about Mancow? His real name is Matthew Erich Muller but he was smart to go with the air name he's now known under. There are lots of Matthews out there.

Bubba the Love Sponge. What do you even say about that? Formerly known as Todd Clem, he finally legally changed his name.

"Boom Boom" Branigan (real name: Robert W. Kingeman) worked for a couple of U.S. radio stations before throwing in with "Swinging Radio England", an offshore station that was popular in the 1960s.

Steve "Boom Boom" Cannon was another popular radio host who enjoyed prominence in Ohio at several Buckeye stations including WTVN-AM, Columbus.

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