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September 16th, 2007 · No Comments · By

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Longtime WTJU disc jockey D.R. Tyler Magill is taking an “indefinite hiatus” from the Sound Choice in Central Virginia after Sunday night’s broadcast of Radio Wowsville. The legendary local music jock, alias Grandpa Coles, a.k.a. Blind Lemon Pledge, is shown here in a rare photograph from his earliest days in regional radio.

Off-off-off Broadway and fatherhood await Radio Wowsville co-host Magill

Sept. 14, 2007

Some might say it’s the end of an era.

D.R. Tyler Magill — alias Grandpa Ulysses Ezekiel “Grandpa” Coles — will be exiting the long-running “Radio Wowsville” radio program this Sunday night. The music deejay’s dulcet tones have been an integral part of WTJU 91.1 FM for more than 45 years (factcheck before emailing to media).

Magill has announced that he is taking an indefinite hiatus from Radio
Wowsville, and the station, in order to rehearse his forthcoming all-cat stage production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” He also cited “artistic differences,” the erratic state of the stock market and an irrational fear of meteors crashing through his home as reasons for the departure.

Responsible for many of the station’s most-beloved (and most debated) promo announcements, the volunteer community announcer will now only appear on the air “irregularly.”

“I’m sad to see the good Grandpa go ‹ we can’t get enough Lungfish on the radio,” joked Don Harrison, Magill’s longtime Wowsville co-host. “Seriously, though, he will be back often. He’s assured me of this. So worry not, longtime listener: Tyler Magill will once again regale Central Virginia listeners with mesmerizing anecdotes about growing up during the Reagan years, not to mention his deep catalog Freakwater acumen and his warbly Delta blues improvisations. Gosh it… I swore I wouldn’t cry…”

“I basically told Don whatever he wanted to hear in order to get the hell out of there,” Magill said, smoking. “You wouldn’t believe how many times he made me play Donovan. I swore I’d cut him if he lit incense in the studio ever again. The swine. I just don’t need the aggravation or the sitars anymore. I mean, ‘first there is no mountain, then there is’… What a load of &%*#$!*#.”

Replacing the exiting legend on Radio Wowsville will be another beloved WTJU Rock personality who “retired” a few years back ‹ National Falafel Association spokesperson Davis Salisbury. Adding even more backstage intrigue to the tale, Salisbury recently served as best man at Magill’s wedding.

“That is pure coincidence,” Salisbury said at a news conference this
morning. “The conspiracy theorists are dead wrong on this one. I assure you that I don’t like Donovan either. OK, maybe a couple of songs.”

Former Radio Wowsville DJ Dan Poarch now lives in Baltimore, where he serves as senior vice-chair of the non-profit Yo Yo Mama Blaxploitation Studies Institute. He was stunned to hear reports that his former broadcasting partner was leaving WTJU after so many years behind the mic.

“Do you know what time it is?” Poarch replied. “Why do you keep calling me?”

Celebrating its 38th year as part of WTJU’s Rock Department (factcheck), Radio Wowsville’s recurring characters have included Gus and Paulie, Clem and not Clem, Al “Fuzzy” St. John, the late Dudley Moore, Sugary-Sweet Digital Folk Personality Don ColoradoTM, Senator Brick Chest and the world’s preeminent dead French bluesman, Blind Lemon Pledge.

All of Wowsville’s lovable characters will be scrapped after Magill exits on Sunday, say station executives. While show founder Harrison will return for another season as “A. Larry Bethesda,” the other Wowsville characters will be replaced by a whole new cast. For instance, the programmers are pretty confident that listeners are going to love this brilliant young comedian named Joe Piscopo they’ve got on tap.

Chuck Taylor, WTJU’s station director, maintains that Tyler Magill’s
presence will be much missed, even with the new Harrison / Salisbury team in place on Wowsville. The man brought an extra special something to Central Virginia’s Sound Choice, Taylor says.

“I’m pretty sure it was him that was leaving those malt liquor cans and beef jerky wrappers in the production studio. I’ll swear to it until the day I die. And if he thinks ‘leaving’ is going to stop me from pursuing my own particular brand of justice, little mister man has another thing coming.”

For WTJU, and Magill, it was a good run. But circumstances change, times changed. Tyler changed.

“I’m going to be a dad,” Magill implied. “It’s time to put away childish things. Have you guys seen my beef jerky anywhere?”

Radio Wowsville follows Bill Adams’ “Walkin’ The Blues” on Sunday nights at 11PM, and is simulcast on

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