Saturday, June 04, 2005
Jim Hawthorne was an early freeform disc jockey before freeform (as we know it) was clearly defined and programmed.
WMFU has a tribute page to Hawthorne, going so far as to say he was the "first freeform radio DJ ever." I'm not sure about that. His approach was and continued to be mostly in the comic realm. If you listen to his aircheck from KXLA-AM in 1947, you will hear freeform elements, however, and Hawthorne's creativity and wit are undeniable.
Appreciations go out to WFMU for rediscovering Jim Hawthorne. The tribute page is at:
Jim Hawthorne - The First Freeform Radio DJ Ever
Jim Hawthorne's website:
Jim Hawthorne Website