Gary was quick to admit he was a radio groupie when he was a kid. He’d ride the Kingshighway bus to Radio Park to watch Johnny Rabbitt do his show on KXOK. In the summer of 1970 Brown was able to talk his way into a job at KWK, which had a black format at the time.
Program director Bernie Hayes said Brown would do anything he could to be around the announcers.
After an on-air stint in Kansas City at another black station, Gary “Records” Brown landed at KADI-AM and FM in St. Louis where he got the chance to establish himself as the market’s premier oldies personality. The “KADI Original Oldies Show” became a Sunday night tradition.
Brown also programmed KGLD and, at the latter part of his career, did morning drive on KLOU, even while he served as the owner of several stations in Missouri and Illinois.