Sunday, August 28, 2005

sad and bizarre

Last month a troubled North Knoxville man was involved in a shootout with police officers who were responding to a 911 call about an attempted suicide. The TV stations identified the man as William Wagner but did not mention that he was a weekend deejay at the local oldies station. The name he uses on the air is "Jeff Summers." He occasionally did a fill-in weekday shift right after me. I remember that he would show up for work 30 minutes early so he could talk about radio and tell me how he knew Rick Dees in Memphis. One news report quoted a neighbor who said that Wagner was "always speaking," which is consistent with what I knew of him. I pray that he will find peace.
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