Joining us in the Big Show studio this morning is a man who needs absolutely no introduction, but we will anyway.
He’s sold over 75 million records as a Monkee AND as a solo artist, PLUS he was WCBS-FM’s morning man from January 2005 through June 2005 – until he was replaced by a little something called Jack FM (relax everyone, we’re just mentioning it!)
Micky Dolenz began his show business career as an adorable little blonde fella way back in 1956, starring in a children’s show called Circus Boy under the name Mickey Braddock – it ran for two seasons. After that he was cast in The Monkees sitcom in 1965, becoming the drummer and a lead vocalist. The “band” also included Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork.
But back to that morning man story…
Micky replaced the ‘American Treasure’ Dan Taylor as morning DJ on WCBS-FM in January of 2005. After a few months on the air, Dolenz celebrated his 100th show on WCBS-FM with a special event at B.B. King’s Blues Club. That was also his last regular show at the station, because at 5PM that day, WCBS-FM announced that the station would replace its format with a “Jack” format, and fired all of the station’s DJs.
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“I loved it,” Micky told Scott Shannon and the morning show crew. “It was tough, one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done in my life. I always had a respect for it, but it gave me an entirely new perspective for what you guys do. It is really, really tough.”
The hardest part of being on the air and, essentially, being ON for Micky was trying to express something only with his voice.
“I’m an actor and I’ve been in the business for years,” Micky explains. “You have your hands, your eyes, your posture, you have gestures — you have lots of visual tools to use when you’re acting and performing on stage or in a movie or TV. This is just one thing, one sense, the sound coming out of your mouth – and to run the gamut of expressions and emotions just doing that is very tough.”
“Besides, getting up in the morning at four o’clock — and the interviewing, I was never good at,” he admits.
“I was never good at interviewing because I realized when I was interviewing my friend Ringo for a new CD he had out,” Micky remembers, “I realized halfway through the interview — I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to talk about your CD, I want to talk about MY CD! Enough about you, what am I doing?!'”
“I wasn’t good at interviewing because I’ve never done that. I never trained at it and I didn’t have that kind of inherent curiosity, essentially journalistic curiosity, to interview people. Anyway, I had a great time, I worked with some wonderful people and I don’t regret it in the least — but I’m going to leave it to you pros!”
Coming up in Micky’s schedule:
He’ll be playing three shows at 54 Below — July 7th, 10th & 11th 2015 — called A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll – the shows will be taped for a live album that is set to be released in September.
Micky is also playing the NYCB Theater at Westbury with Peter Tork on August 29th, 2015. You can purchase tickets to that show at LiveNation.com.
Finally, Dolenz & Daughter’s Fine Furniture (which he makes with his daughter (duh!), Georgia) is now available at DolenzandDaughters.com.
–Shannon in the Morning/WCBS-FM