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Subject: FAQ: The Greaseman
This article was archived around: 20 Oct 2000 08:25:35 GMT
Q: Who is the Greaseman?
A: The Greaseman is a radio personality on the Infinity Broadcasting
network. He broadcasts from his studio in Rockville, MD
to Washington DC. He is known for his bits and song parodies.
He also has his own vocabulary which he uses to avoid trouble with
the FCC. Before, he broadcast out of DC on DC/101 where he competed
and beat Howard Stern on a consistant basis.
Q: Who else is part of the Greaseman show?
A: His producers are Bill Scanlan, and Jim McLure.
Q: What is the Greaseman's real name?
A: Doug Tracht. He prefers to keep his radio life and his personal life
separate. He goes by the Greaseman, Jonny Bulky, Jonny Avocado,
Jonny Doodads, the Doodad Daddy of the Airwaves, and his
Q: Why does Howard Stern hate the Greaseman so much?
A: Howard worked for DC/101 until he resigned. When the Greaseman was
hired to take Howie's place he not only held on to Howie's audience
but increased it. Then when Howard syndicated in DC he competed
with the Grease until the Grease moved to Infinity where they now
are co-workers for the Broadcasting Giant. As Grease put it one
time, they are "Boss Jock Buddies". You can probably find more
information about this in Howard Stern's book "Private Parts".
Q: Which one was the Grease in the Village People?
A: He WAS NOT REALLY in the Village People. But in the bit, he was the
Q: How can I get in touch with him?
A: Call him between 0600 and 1000 EST at 202-432-ROCK
He can also be reached by email at GreaseShow@AOL.com. I am pretty
sure that his producers screen them.
Q: What bits does the Greaseman do?
A: Fudgeman- Fudgeman and his chicken assistant throbin
save the world from deviant behavior
Back in time with an uzi-
the Grease uses the equipment in the radio
studio to return to key moments in history
with his uzi
Carlos the International Terrorist-
Episodes of running into the famed and heavily
armed terrorist, Carlos
Medical Man- Stories about when Nino was the pompous
Bet the Bomb Bays-
Try to stump the Grease, but if you don't, you best
drop them pants....
Sgt. Fury- the Grease relives his time in Viet
a class in which the Grease analyzes the movie
Clinton- a look at how life would be if the Grease and
Clint Eastwood got a knock on the head and decided
to live alternative lifestyles
Law Man- the Grease tells about life as a law man
Big Dick Brannigan-
the Grease tells about his flashback to his past
life as a private dick
the Grease tells about his flashback to his past
life as a ruler of the Holy Roman Empire
the Grease tells about his flashback to his past
life as the first Yiddish Lawman
West Virginia- Greaseman shows his respect for the people of WVA
My Daddy- Description of how Oscar Greasemaneli gets into trouble
Ugly Women- Recounts of how The Grease and his daddy picked up
and enjoyed ingus with ugly women
Good Ship Grease-
stories about how the Grease spends his lesiure time
in his boat.
South of the border-
stories about how the Grease spent time in Mexico
Toe Monster- The dreaded Toe Monster is exposed for trying to
eat the Greaseman's toes
stories told by Sly Stalone
Sylvester Stalone sings the classics-
Sylvester Stalone sings the classics.
Rag Nad- stories about Grease's half space alien love child
Six Minute Workout-
A unique workout for men
Baby talk- Conversations with the unborn
The Greaseman Quiz (formerly the morning quiz)-
Watch out Alex Trebek, here comes the Greaseman
Methods to which recieve ingus.
Damien- The Grease has occasion to run into the "dark master"
while he is trying to perform his duties.
Q: What other gigs did Grease do on the radio?
A: Like any other up-and-coming DJ, Grease worked at other stations in
other markets to develop his unique style. They include:
Washington DC (WRC-AM 980) 1974 - 1976
Jacksonville, Florida (WAPE) 1976 - 1981
Washington DC (WWDC-FM 101.1) 1981-1993
This is an incomplete list, I have emails from many people who
have had Grease sitings at other stations over the years, and I
just need to sort throught them and list them.
Q: Did he always leave on good terms?
A: In almost all cases, yes. The one notable exception was WRC, when
management decided his morning personality wasn't quite right,
and gave him a choice between dropping the "Greaseman" character
and leaving. Grease chose the latter. If you ask about it
today, he will joke about the time he was collecting unemployment
insurance in DC and would "stay up to watch the moon rise and
CURSE THE NIGHT!" although I'm sure at the time it was somewhat
Although he left Florida voluntarily to take the better offer at
DC-101, he did offend some bible-belt types during his stay.
The Florida gig was important to developing the Grease as a
"god-fearing, truck-driving redneck," though. The Florida
station has since gone to religious music ("From Grease to
Grace" was their motto for a while). Their loss.
Q: Are there any good biographies or other comprehensive stories about
A: Grease is a very private person, and spent a number of years in DC
before finally consenting to an in-depth story about him in the
Washington Post Magazine Fall 1987. It's a good resource to
summarize his past gigs and overall life story. Also the
Washingtonian Magazine did an article on him in the January
of 1993 in commemeration of his departure from DC.
Q: What other things has the Greaseman been on?
A: Grease also appeared on the Larry King Show (early to mid-80's) to talk
about morning radio in general. The only down side was that he was
teamed with a "Morning Zoo" DJ as a co-interviewee, a format that
has become annoyingly ubiquitous on the radio landscape. Transcripts
may be available (don't know how to get them, sorry). This is the
old Mutual show that ran all night (Grease probably got up early
to do it :-), and not the current CNN TV talk show.
He has been on the G. Gordon Liddy in 1996 show, and on the Don and
Mike show in 1996. He has appeared in a couple of Jack Denehy Movie
of the weeks, "A Search for Justice", and "Champion of the Cheap
Homoside". He plays a scumbag in both movies.
Q: Are there any albums or compilations of Grease bits?
A: There was a 4-part "Best of Grease" compilation, available on
cassettes. These became unavailable shortly before he left DC-101.
They are now prized collectors items and can only be obtained from
private owners. Part of Grease's popularity on a national basis
before he went into syndication (and hence part of the motivation
for this newsgroup) was the creation and exchange of bootleg
tapes among an extended network of fans. Some of his best work
has never been republished (although you can occasionally talk
him into doing them again on his current show).
He also came out with "Soapin Up With the Grease" in which he video
taped his bathtime. "Soapin" also does have a couple of Greaseman
bits in which you can see him acting out the story he is telling.
Q: Did Grease ever serve in the military?
A: Like John Wayne, Grease has a deep and abiding respect for everyone
who serves in uniform, but never served himself. During the Vietnam
war, he was attending Ithaca College in New York, and his draft number
never came up.
Q: But Grease did serve as a policeman?
A: Yes, he did. While working at his gig in Florida, he worked as
a reserve police officer on the night shift. Morning staffers would
be jolted out of their bleary-eyed state by the sight of Grease doing
his show in full uniform with a 44 Magnum strapped to his belt.
Q: Is Greaseman a bigot/homophobe?
A: Certainly not. Like the program "In Living Color" or even
rec.humor.funny, Grease parodies what's funny in everyone, and winds up
defusing hatred as a result. Grease respects all of his fans, and
wishes well even those who don't like him.
Q: But there was that "Martin Luther King, Jr." incident in DC?
A: Yes, sometimes there's a fine line between parody and cruelty, and
Grease crossed the line only once during his otherwise unmarred
broadcasting career spanning over 2 decades.
Sometime in the late 80's, he was noting the passing of Martin Luther
King Jr.'s birthday (which had then only recently become a national
holiday). Grease said something about "killing 4 more and getting rest
of the week off." Grease was suspended, and apologized for the incident
on an "Editorial Rebuttal" on WRC-TV in DC.
Haven't the rest of you made mistakes or are you all perfect?
Q: What does AMF mean?
A: He always claims it means "Adios my friends" though there has been
speculation that it might mean something else.
Q: What is the "Bit without an Ending?"
A: When Grease was working in Florida, he would be prevented from
getting a good day's sleep after his morning gig by thoughtless
model-airplane enthusiasts who would buzz their models outside his
Grease came up with a revenge skit with a model plane of his own that
would shoot the others out of the sky. The plane became posessed by
Damien and started chasing after him. Grease then got too deep into
this bit without a way out (and tried to incorporate this into the
bit). After fumbling with the sound-effects, and trying a foray South
of the Border, and then calling in Big-Dick Brannigan, he finally gave
up groping for a punch line. Grease can usually be counted on to do
some of the most impressive ad-libbing and improvisation on the radio
today, but at that time his talents failed him. The bit originally
aired in the Fall of 1982 from WWDC FM Washington, DC/101.
It's considered a classic, and is on Vol. 1 of the "Best of Grease"
tapes. He owns the rights to all his bits, and may rerun it on his
current show from time to time.
Q: What stations carry the Greaseman?
A: City Station Time
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Washington DC 94.7 WARW 0600-1000
Q: Where can I find Greaseman stuff on the internet?
A: Steve Olsen <email@example.com> set one up on
The newsgroup alt.fan.greaseman is also a good place to find
information on Greaseman.