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Radio storyteller takes stage

May 08, 2003|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

Greaseman, a longtime, often controversial radio personality, is coming out of the studio.

Along with his band, Ingus, Greaseman will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Although it's early, tickets, which cost $25, $30 and $35, including service charge, are selling, says Maryland Theatre Executive Director Pat Wolford. Tickets are available at the theater box office, 27 S. Potomac St., and by calling 301-790-2000.

The evening, a benefit for Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service, also will feature the music of rock band Funny Money, which includes Steve Whiteman.

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Whiteman, formerly a member of KIX, will bring some special guest performers, including KIX's drummer Jimmy Chalfant.

Yogi Yoder, general manager at radio station WKMZ-FM 95.9 in Martinsburg, W.Va., brought Greaseman to other local venues in 2001 and 2002. Last year's show at the Clarion in Hagerstown, also a fund-raiser for the ambulance company, sold nearly 1,200 tickets, says Scott Frey, president of the ambulance service.

Greaseman was wonderful, says Frey, who's listened to "Grease" for a long time. "He was super to deal with," Frey says. He stayed long after the show - signing autographs, talking to people - until 1:30 a.m., Frey adds.

Yoder is excited about the performance. "Whether it's the 'Nutcracker' or the Greaseman, The Maryland Theatre is a fabulous place to see a show," he says.

Greaseman, born Doug Tracht, in the Bronx, New York, is not your typical "shock jock," a term Yoder says he hates.

Greaseman is more of a storyteller. His show is very fast-paced, Yoder adds.

Do WKMZ's listeners get offended by Greaseman's on-air schtick?

"They don't," Yoder says. People who tune in between 6 and 10 a.m. know what they're going to get, Yoder says.

"People want to laugh," Yoder says. "It's just a radio show."

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