By Joe Nelson
The talk started out getting to know each other, our personal lives and where life finds us both these days.
The conversation moved on to former DSC cast member Elaina Dore Smith, how great it is that she went from fill-in work while Shelly was out, to Florida and now co-hosting 'Nash Nights Live' with Shawn Parr. We are all so proud of Elaina and her great radio success story!
Continued: "Some more great memories would have to be Comic-Con, Sky Show, and The Miramar Follies. It had to be 1990 or 1991, Chainsaw and I were invited to go to Miramar and judge their Squadron Skit. One of the men, much like Iceman, or Maverick from Top Gun, approached me and said I should joke about the Navy men. So I joked around, making heroes out of Marines, and goats out of the Navy. Next thing I knew, they put me on a chair, lifted me up, carried me like a king, but dumped me into the pool. I climbed out, but they threw me in again."
JN: Dave, what gives the DSC their staying power?
JN: Dave, who were your radio icons early on?
JN: What personalities do you admire today?
JN: Are you still having fun?
JN: How do you prepare for a show these days, with having internet and social media?
JN: Dave, how important is chemistry to a morning radio show, especially given the size of crew you have?
JN: Can you describe how you came up with the idea for the infamous shuttle landing hoax? (April 1993)
Click below for the audio clip of the Space Shuttle Landing
JN: Random question, you always talk of watching 'The Old Man Channel". If you could pick any era to live in, maybe just for a little while, what would you choose?
DR: "That's easy, the 40's."
JN: Dave, what is your favorite memory, in life?
DR: "It has to be waiting for my father to come home after work (AM Radio). He never had holidays off. He would come home on his lunch breaks at Christmas, just to open gifts. Then back to work he went"
JN: Do you have any interviews through the years that stand out in your mind?
DR: "Having Alan Shepard in studio. He was the first American in space, he landed on the moon! However we were preparing to have Buzz Aldrin on the air on the 30th anniversary of the moon landing. I had 'Rocket' by Def Leppard all cued up. The last minute of the song, there was a drum solo. We had audio clips of the lunar module flying across the landscape. Apollo 11 was seconds away from aborting. They were 100 feet away from the surface and out of fuel. The set-up was perfect for introducing Buzz.... As soon as the song was over, he says "I wish everyone would stop making such a big deal out of that landing!!'......"
Ruth 66, Shelly & Dave at the recent celebration for DSC 25 Years
I asked Dave if there was anything else he'd like to share. He was kind enough to offer this "Starting with Chris Carmichael (my predecessor) and now you, Joe... SanDiegoRadio.org is the only place to read about radio. It's the only reliable source to go to."
Thanks Dave, thank you for your time, welcoming me into your home, and sharing these great memories. Love your show!
**Editor's Note** When the DSC Podcasts went to a subscription plan, I received countless emails asking how, why, what and where?? There were some pretty upset people. I am here to again tell you why, like I am, you should be a subscriber for the podcasts. Aside from the technical radio reasoning for the change, the fact that the subscriptions help fund one of the best radio charity events in San Diego, "The 12 Days of Christmas". The DSC Podcast Page