Adrian Cronauer: veteran whose radio antics inspired Good Morning, Vietnam dies aged 79

Adrian Joseph Cronauer (September 8, 1938 – July 18, 2018) was a United States Air Force sergeant and radio personality whose experiences as an innovative disc jockey on American Forces Network during the Vietnam War inspired the 1987 film Good Morning, Vietnam. Cronauer was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began his broadcasting career at the age of 12 as a guest for a Pittsburgh-area children's amateur hour. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he helped found the forerunner of the university's college radio station WPTS. He was a creative DJ on American University's campus station WAMU (610kc) while attending college there in the early 1960's. When this blog editor, R Alan Campbell, left Washington DC's powerhouse rock station WEAM to go to WTTG-TV, Adrian took over the rock DJ evening position. (CAMPBELL: "He was a frequent visitor during my news and announcing shifts at Channel Five during this period" photos below). His subsequent media work included being the classical morning host at WVWR in Roanoke, Virginia (now Virginia Tech's WVTF), during which time he created the proposal that would culminate in Good Morning, Vietnam.


 Ade and I on set at WTTG-TV and below photo I took of Ade in the WTTG announce booth.
(Raleigh Hotel  studios c.1962)



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WTTG-TV, Washington DC 1960's

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