Donnie Simpson honors his brother Harry ~
“My second oldest brother, Harry. . .a fascinating story. . . because of his experiences, he was able to go in and help people that I never could have helped. . .I wanted to mention it because, I honor him. I feel like, maybe that’s why God had him in that situation. . .To help people.”
Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen, and this is Our Town, and I’m so thrilled to be sitting next to a man who, he’s the best looking man in radio. I used to have that title but I got old. The Love Bug.
Donnie Simpson: The Love Bug? No …
Andy Ockershausen: Donnie Simpson is one of the most beloved radio personalities in Our Town, and still. We don’t see each other often, but I have the utmost respect for Donnie. He’s a consummate professional. He’s been on top of his game not once, but twice, as a ratings later at WPGC and WMMJ over the past four decades. In addition, he’s been recognized by BillBoard Magazine as one of the best top radio personalities, and the top program director in the Country. It’s been great, Donnie. He’s such an important part of Our Town. It’s a fiercely competitive business radio, and we know that, but Donnie did something in 1985 that touched my heart and touched me completely. You sent two dozen roses to Harden and Weaver on their 25th anniversary, Donnie.
Donnie Simpson Personally Delivered Two Dozen Roses to Harden and Weavers at Their 25th Anniversary Celebration Out of Respect
Donnie Simpson: I brought them. I didn’t send them.
Andy Ockershausen: Donnie, you brought them-
Donnie Simpson: I brought them. I left my show and brought them to them.
Andy Ockershausen: Oh, I didn’t know that.
Donnie Simpson: Oh yeah, yeah. I mean, it was a big, heavy glass bowl that I had to put … It was an awesome arrangement, but no I wasn’t-
Andy Ockershausen: It’s so classy.
Donnie Simpson: That would’ve been disrespectful to me, to have them delivered. They deserve to have them brought. So, I leave my show to bring them. I mean, that’s the kind of respect I have for those guys.
Andy Ockershausen: Well, you’re so right, Donnie, because those guys worked.
Donnie Simpson: Oh, yeah.
Andy Ockershausen: They worked that job for … They eventually went to 30 years. It’s the same broadcaster. The same time slot. That’ll never happen again, Donnie.
Donnie Simpson: I know. It’s unbelievable what they’ve accomplished.
Andy Ockershausen: But, what you accomplished by doing that, in my eyes, and to the market’s eyes, it was so much good publicity on that. But, you’ve always been a class guy.
Donnie Simpson: And you know Andy, I don’t have to tell you, you know that was not why it was done. It wasn’t done for publicity.
Andy Ockershausen: Oh, I know that. You felt it.
Donnie Simpson: It was strictly out of respect, you know, that’s all it was, out of respect. I have to say this. The same level of respect I had for Harden and Weaver, I have for you.
Andy Ockershausen: Oh, gosh.