Gary Gears

Gary was born in Minneapolis, MN., on July 24, 1944. He was first heard on the airwaves at age 14 on a small radio station in St. Louis Park, MN. He served in Vietnam where he was a DJ at AFVN. Gary came to Chicago in his early 20s and became a disc jockey for radio stations WLS, WCFL and WIND.  He was also the voice of WLS-TV and simultaneously recorded announcements and station identifications for Radio Moscow's "Vasily's Weekend" and Radio M, (also known as Echo of Moscow) for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); for Radio Luxembourg`s English language service; for a program from Ireland, Atlantic 101; American shortwave broadcaster KUSW in Salt Lake City, Utah and for an Italian radio station in Milan.

Gary had a remarkable voice. He did commercials for companies and products such as Sears, Montgomery Ward, Dial soap and Cheer laundry detergent, and he was often hired to play the ``voice of God,``

 We met several months after he had heard my show and wrote in. We became close friends. He was like the older brother I never had. During my visit to Chicago in 1990, we would sit for hours, talking about radio, television and all sorts of crap. I learned a lot from him about broadcasting. He dreamed of going to Europe in the 90's and setting up a private shortwave radio station, probably in Switzerland, to "rock the world".

Gary died of a heart attack on February 17, 1991 at age 46.