Glenn Hollis Is Back
Glenn Hollis, the longtime evening voice of the Washington area's lovelorn and love-smitten, is returning to the airwaves after a two-year absence. But while WASH-FM (97.1) is putting Hollis back on its air, this won't be the old "After Hours" show of love songs and dedications. Rather, Hollis, who has spent his radio exile starting up a picture framing shop in Frederick with his wife, Irene, is hosting the station's new Sunday morning jazz brunch show, which airs from 8 a.m. to noon.
(And watch the labeling on that show--it's not real jazz, but the "smooth" stuff that vanished from the local airwaves when WJZW (105.9) died earlier this year.)
Is this a sign that local radio stations are finally waking up to the idea that it's all about personalities and the kind of added value that automated Internet radio stations cannot provide? Well, it would be nice to believe that, but probably not. Yes, it's good to return a well-known voice and personality to the local radio dial, and Hollis's gentle, friendly manner won him many friends over his 12-year run on the station, but so far, there's not nearly enough evidence to support the idea that this is a trend of any sort.
WASH replaced Hollis in 2006 with the nationally syndicated "Delilah," a program of light pop and love stories that, as I wrote a couple of years ago, bears a superficial resemblance to the Hollis broadcast, but which takes you down a different aisle in the greeting-cards store. Delilah Luke -- on the radio, she has but one name -- offers a show that matches up to the cards found under the big, calming sign that reads, "Inspirational." Ugh.
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