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Dr J retires from the 60's Show

Matt Cowley about over 4 years ago


A message from Dr. J, long-time host of the 60's Show:

Indeed, there has been something in the air and there will be “them changes.” After about 22 or 23 years of doing the Sixties Show and much thought and emotion, Dr. J., yours truly, has decided to retire.

Let me emphasize that this is not a health related decision. In fact it is my very good health at my age that is prompting this choice.

When I retired from my faculty position as USF last year, I also “retired” from being “bound” by the semester system in terms of travel, vacations, projects, playing more music, and so forth. I have noted, however, that because of my regular commitment to the Sixties Show I am still unable to be as flexible as I would like to be in terms of these activities. This came home to us pretty clearly on our recent two week trip to Italy.

For those of you who are curious about my age and are good at math, I will tell you that my 50th high school reunion took place this past Spring and I want to take advantage of my good health and mobility at this age. This year also marks some significant events—Woodstock turns 40 and WMNF turns 30 and the time seems right. I have been involved with the station for most of those 30 years as volunteer, board member, and programmer and take some delight in having been a part of the profound and wonderful evolution that our radio station has undergone.

I am still a Hippie in my heart and my love for WMNF remains undiminished. So while I am retiring from the Sixties Show, I am not retiring from WMNF and will be doing some subbing and special programming. My last Sixties Show will be August 29 and the schedule between now and then will be as follows: the next two Saturdays will be Linda and Laurie. I will be back on August 15 with a guest host and then for my last two shows on August 22 and August 29 I plan to do “Dr. J Up Close and Personal—A Musical Autobiography,” emphasizing some of my own musical influences, special songs, and some magical concert and other moments from the Sixties. I hope you will tune in. It should be fun.

I am going to try to have this announcement posted on the website for any who might like to see the written version.

WMNF is the Sixties experiment that worked. Thank you for all your support over these many years. Remember, the Sixties Show will continue and I hope you will continue to support it. I will see you in a couple of weeks and I sure hope you will tune in for my last series of shows.

Peace. To everything turn, turn, turn.

Dr. J

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He'll be missed

I hope this is not the end of hippie music on Saturday. Thanks Dr.J for your years of providing great music for us boomers.

He'll be missed

I hope this is not the end of hippie music on Saturday. Thanks Dr.J for your years of providing great music for us boomers.

He'll be missed

I hope this is not the end of hippie music on Saturday. Thanks Dr.J for your years of providing great music for us boomers.

Say it isnt true !!

This is one of many shows I listen to and enjoy every week.EVERY WEEK !! It wont be the same,but life is about changes..good and bad. Enjoy and keep on truckin.

Thanks for giving so much for so long

Dr J Had the pleasure of listening for years and playing with you one scared Saturday which you turned into pure pleasure. Thanks from so many of us for so much. Go be as free as you can be and stay in touch with WMNF as so many of us do.



Best to you Dr. J! Enjoy the rest of your incarnation! (heard Ram Dass say that at a groovy California summer festival.) You will be missed!

thank you!

I have always enjoyed your program. I know there are a lot of oldies being played on other stations now but you always play the non top 10 hits that reflect the 60's from groups that were played on what were called progressive rock stations that are more representative of that era. Whoever continues in your footsteps I ask that they continue playing these type of songs(maybe you can lend them your records for awhile) so that we 60's HEADS CAN CONTINUE to symbolically LIGHT UP! Good luck in all you do and thanks for many great programs.

what a " BUMMER "

One of my all time favorite WMNF dj's i looked forward to the 60's show because of his knowledge of the great music i grew up listening too. I'd wait all week just so i could make my pledge on his show . It reminds me of the old WUSF " Underground Railroad " Thanks for being there Dr. J , you will be missed . I hope you will pop in once in awhile and say hello to your many fans.

Dopeless Hope Fiend

I met Dr J recently @ a jam in a local coffee shop. We were sitting opposite each other tuning up. Another player walked in and said hello to Dr J. He responded. I knew the voice. I asked him, "Are you the Dopeless Hope Fiend?" "Yes I am.", he said. And then he broke into one of my favorite Dylan songs.

Audience Radiance for the Radio Audionaut

I feel so lucky to have been a listener and contributor to the 60's show and WMNF for more decades. Dr. J., you have lifted my soul and taken my mind on trips in time. I've loved and cherished your poignant views, comments and, of course, fantastic musical spectrum. Your regular show will be sorely missed and well remembered. Congratulations on your enduring commitment to providing a fantastic mind ride better than the finest wave to ever crash a sandy shore. My deepest thanks for all you have done for musical enlightenment and the cause of peace. I wish you many happy years of enjoyment, filled with rich and rewarding travels. May some other incredible soul be so inspired to carry on what you have begun so that you can know what it is to relax and tune in every Saturday for the best little radio show on the best little radio station on planet earth. Peace.



OMG--we are heartbroken (although happy for Dr. J.) It wasn't the 60s music--although I loved a lot of it--that kept me tuned to him every possible Saturday--it was his amazing intelligence, wit, and insight, as well as the humanity and humor of his personality. You will never know how much you lit up our lives--thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It's going to be a major loss going forward.

Love, Music, Philosophy - always changing!

Dr J - thank you for your years of committment and outstanding programing and philosophising on the '60s Show. Your thoughtful comments made the wonderful music all the more enjoyable. As others have said, you will be missed and I look forward to hearing you occasionally, if not regularly! Out here in Germany!

Love, Music, Philosophy - always changing!

Dr J - thank you for your years of committment and outstanding programing and philosophising on the '60s Show. Your thoughtful comments made the wonderful music all the more enjoyable. As others have said, you will be missed and I look forward to hearing you occasionally, if not regularly! Peace and love to you! Out here in Germany!

Love, Music, Philosophy - always changing!

Dr J - thank you for your years of committment and outstanding programing and philosophising on the '60s Show. Your thoughtful comments made the wonderful music all the more enjoyable. As others have said, you will be missed and I look forward to hearing you occasionally, if not regularly! Peace and love to you! Out here in Germany!

Love, Music, Philosophy - always changing!

Dr J - thank you for your years of committment and outstanding programing and philosophising on the '60s Show. Your thoughtful comments made the wonderful music all the more enjoyable. As others have said, you will be missed and I look forward to hearing you occasionally, if not regularly! Peace and love to you! Out here in Germany!

Forever Young

It was during a memorable broadcast from the last WMNF anniversary show when Dr. J gave us a poignant, chronological musical trip of his roots from being a young hipster near NYC to present day. When I discovered that we had both been at a Dylan concert at the Mosque Theater in Newark (1965), I called the show and had a great talk with the doctor. I realized we were brothers in our musical paths and opinions. After 25 years of listening in Tampa, I still catch the 60's show on the internet after moving to St. Louis. I hope your last shows are similar to the anniversary show, and all us listeners will shed a collective tear of sorrow and joy over your retirement and future ventures. Thanks.

Happy Trails !

Dr. J... I hope all you get to take all the journeys you can in your retirement. Make sure a few of them are back to the "out of control" room from time to time. We'll miss you brother.



Dr. J I have enjoyed listening to you for most of those 30 years and feeding my hippie soul. Thanks for being a wonderful DJ and all the insights you shared. Hope to catch you on the air when you do drop in.



Dr J.. thanks for bringing back all those wonderful memories. My wife always new to go shopping on Saturday afternoon, now that she has passed away my girlfriend,smooth jazz, also knows to leave the house Saturday afternoons. The music is always cranked for the 60's show. Anyone who plays Zappa is always my hero.

another milestone

Dr. J, I got to listen to most of your show today (8/22) and was amazed to learn so much more about you. Change is a mixed blessing: without it, we don't grow - but with it, we often miss what was. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your generosity all these years. May you and yours enjoy your new-found flexibility to the utmost, and always with PEACE.

Carry on Dr........

Dr.J, Please accept our gratitude -from your kindred spirits near and far for carrying the torch of ideas,philosophy, hopes,dreams, and possibilities spawned in the cauldron of the 60's through music, but alive and well today.......we moved away from Tampa Bay to Hawaii, but thanks to WMNF we can still listen to the 60's show online. You will be missed brother.



Not a regular listener, but lucky to catch your show today 8/22. Awesome set...great storytelling, going to the archives to listen again. Thanks for sharing and all the best for future endeavors....rock on!



Not a regular listener but was lucky to catch your show today 8/22. Awesome set. Great stories. Going to the archive to listen again. Thanks for sharing and all the best with your new found freedom.....Rock On!

whoa...

cheers for all the great shows (newly returned in recent years to catch the end your era, huge fan of the old Phil and Bill days too.) particularly charmed by the personal retrospective approach... your extensive musical timeline had depth and the cultural references provided a gripping epic of shared mindscape.

Passing of an Era

Dr. J. Very nice two shows. Loved the music, and the memories. I'm gonna miss you badly Brother. I've been a listener since 1989, and have spent many, many years of Saturdays planning my afternoon around this show. I hope you find peace and contentment on the next leg of the journey we call Life. Hope to hear from you soon, and hopefully those who continue on after you realize they have a monsterous size set of shoes to fill. Peace and Love my Brother!

We will miss you

Dr. J, I've listened to your show faithfully every Saturday, loving the music, your stories, the memories, and your message and loved every minute of those two hours a week. I'm confident that I speak for all your listeners in wishing for you the peace, love, and understanding that you always sent our way.

*large sad sigh*

This is one of those occasions that is so big about all you can do is deal with the bomb going off in your head and very quietly, internally just say "oh". Dr. J., you have been a tie to the past I remember as well, and one of the few who have been unashamed to keep the spirit going. As life must do, it has its cycles, changes and we adapt. Doesn't mean we have to like it though. Enjoy your life, take that sweet, knowing, gentle spirit you have so generously shared with us all these years, and spread it wide. I will sincerely miss your program and the way you share the music with us which can only come from someone who felt and still feels it deeply. Be blessed and well as you go into this new phase of your life.

Great Show

You have had some memorable shows, but A Man and His Music is the most special. Thank you for sharing a piece of your life and taking us on that ride, as only you can. Peace

Thank you Dr J!

I have some great tapes of you and your show...thanks for all the superb programming & music!