Remember ‘Fat Gilly?’ The Former Danbury Radio Personality Joined the Ethan + Lou Show
Recently, Ethan Carey and I decided it was time to tell the story of the mighty I95. We wanted to tell this tale from the perspective of the people who lived it, so the I95 Alumni interview series was born.
The Brookfield / Danbury radio station has been on the air since 1976 and there are many personalities that make up the tapestry of I95, one of those people is Jim McCarthy A.K.A. "Fat Gilly."
By his own admission, Gilly has a hard time pinning down the time period that he was here at I-95, but his best guess was from 1997-2001. He was the Production Director and a member of the on-air staff when I got to the radio station.
Gilly joined the Ethan & Lou Show on Wednesday (2/8/22) and we asked him to share some memories from his time here, and update us on what he has been up to since leaving I95.
It's funny, looking back Gilly was one of the cool kids here at the radio station, or that is how I saw it. When I got here, all I wanted to do was shake that feeling of being new and in over my head. Eventually, that went away and I became one of the guys. We had fun and the hallways at I95 were filled with a lot of profanity and laughter.
What I remember most about Gilly, were the comedic production pieces he and Eric Senich would create that were never meant for to go on air. There were many hours wasted on highly elaborate bits that would be unacceptable in any other realm of society.
He and Senich would record themselves doing impressions of other employees. They'd craft a fictitious, imaginative scenario for that employee and build in sound effects that would bring the whole thing to life, like a play.
It's best I don't say too much, but there were multiple dreamscapes where wild animals would attack a salesperson. I don't need to wonder what it sounds like for a bear to maul a businessman, because I know exactly how that would sound, thanks to Gilly and Senich.
Check out Gilly on the Capes and Hammers Podcast below
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