Local Radio DJs Enter
At the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, W.Va., 14 radio and television pioneers became members of The West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the third annual induction ceremony on Sept. 26. Among those recipients were two local radio disc jockeys: Calvin “Randy Jay” Dailey and Doug “Dougger” Hoffman of WETZ New Martinsville.
Tom Resler, committee chairman, says the hall of fame truly represents the great legacy West Virginia has in the broadcasting industry. “These inductees have created a rich diversity of programming at radio and TV stations across the state. This year’s class of 14, along with the previous year’s inductees, represent West Virginians who have been an important part of the lives of viewers and listeners in the region and even across the country.”
Calvin “Randy Jay” Dailey has been in the business for 52 years. In 1957 while out looking for a job, he heard a radio advertisement for a gofer for the station. Dailey landed the job and only four weeks later became a disc jockey. Shortly thereafter he moved up to program director and within four years, at the ripe age of 22, he was the general manager of the station.
Dailey has spent his career buying and selling radio stations in Parkersburg, Ravenswood, Fairmont, and New Martinsville. He met Dougger in 1984 and together worked for Fairmont’s Great 98 morning show. Before this time, interestingly enough, Dailey and Dougger were competitors in Parkersburg.
Dougger is a radio legend. He began his career in 1965 in Pottstown, Pa., near Philadelphia. After working for a number of Pennsylvania radio stations he moved to Hartford, Connecticut where he worked at the same radio station as Howard Stern. Dougger left Connecticut and moved to Wheeling where he worked for WKWK in 1973. In 1975 he went to WXIL in Parkersburg, where he was the first voice of the station and had the highest ratings ever achieved in Parkersburg. He came to New Martinsville in 1979 to work for what was then WETZ-AM. After a few years he went to Clarksburg and then to Fairmont’s WFGM, the Great 98 morning show, in 1983. For the past several years Dougger has been in New Martinsville working for WETZ AM-FM as a disc jockey and live broadcaster. Presently, he sells and produces advertisements for WETZ.
In addition to his continued work in radio, he owns a disc jockey company, Dougger Music, where he provides music for weddings, school dances, anniversaries, and other parties and events.
Randy Jay and Dougger are now in a league of very prominent radio and television stars. Among the most famous inductees are Don Knotts, Bob Denver, and Soupy Sales.