Daily News from New York, New York on January 20, 1998 · 368
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Daily News from New York, New York · 368

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Tuesday, January 20, 1998
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Now entertainment insw':mm'm n ' i 0 a . ..- . - - . .j .... f l -1 " I ., t V X-X wX COMET SVKM INTO THE MORNING MIX: Goumba Johnny (I.) and Sean (Hollywood) Hamilton have succeeded RuPaul with the wakeup call at WKTU. The early vibes are By DAVID HINCKLEY Daily News Staff Writer fin f HEN LOWER FIFTH AVE. I I celebrated the new year by WW turning into a swimming pool a few weeks ago, a lot of radio hosts got mileage out of the street's eating an automobile. But the WKTU morning team of Sean (Hollywood) Hamilton and Goumba Johnny tracked down the car's owner, put him on the air and gave him a limo for a week. Hamilton and Goumba, who had just taken over the 'KTU morning shift from RuPaul, still got some laughs out of the situation. But when they arrive at work at 4:30 a.m., they say, they're also looking for places where they can help. "Morning radio gets too negative," says Johnny. "We want to Johnny B. Goumba GOUMBA JOHNNY Real Name: John Anthony Sialiano Born: The Bronx First Radio Gig: In 1996 on WKTU Bodyguard For Smokey Robinson, Sam Kinison, Malcolm Forbes Showbiz Background: Owned Yonkers comedy club, where he hosted Andrew Dice Clay, Martin Lawrence Family: Single Hobbles: "Chasing skirts." positive as down-to-earth deejay duo puts own spin on WKTU give people some good comedy, some good music, a generally more upbeat approach." That's one place, says Hamilton, where they will be consistent with their predecessor. "RuPaul had a real thread of positivity, and we want to keep that going. "If we see a story about a family that got burned out in a fire, or if somebody calls us because something's wrong, we're looking to help." "New York has the biggest heart anywhere," says Johnny. "It's not a big town it's a lot of little towns. People care." Change on tap But no, don't worry: These guys aren't refugees from an "Up With People" rally and they're as different from RuPaul as pastrami is from tofu. Their first day on the air, they made more references to ' beer and ballgames than RuPaul made in a year, and it's safe to assume that supermodels will no longer be routinely referred to by their first names. Johnny was born in the Bronx, ran a bodyguard business and has worked in pro football and comedy clubs. None of those places will be mistaken for convents. Hamilton has been at the heart of big-city radio since 1983, when he was part of the original Scott Shannon team on WHTZ (100.3 FM). He still calls Shannon "my radio idol," and he was the highest-rated evening deejay in New York over his four years at Z-100 before repeating that success at KIIS-FM in Los Angeles from 1987 to 1994. They met in 1984, when Hamil ton was a Z-100 deejay and Johnny was a bouncer in New Rochelle. They teamed up in 1989, and on the radio they complement each other, thanks in part to a remarkable tolerance for sharing airtime. Now, while they say they weren't looking for a morning gig, they realize it is the highest point on the radio horizon. "Just look at who else is on in New York in the morning," says Johnny. "You're going up against the best" Back in the '80s, Z-100 was known for jabbing that competition. Hamilton says that's not the plan here. "We won't do radio wars," he says. "Unless someone else starts it" A couple of jokers Success with this gig they start as the llth-rated morning show in town, behind WHTZ and ahead of WPLJ and WFAN's Imus would also fit well into their other long-term plans. They're both comedians, and in 1994 they sold Viacom a TV show, "Let's Get Stupid," based on their club acts. Hamilton quit KIIS to develop it, before it was shelved in Viacom's merger with Paramount He's working to sell it in New York, and meanwhile, he and Johnny have done a 30-minute infomercial for "Dance Mix USA." "We'd like to do television," says Hamilton. "We're working on more ideas." Their priority now, however, is radio, he says. "We'll be able to do things in the morning we couldn't do before" on WKTU's 6-10 p.m. shift, says Ham ilton. "You've got traffic and weather and all the things that get people ready for the day, but you've also got more time to talk. RuPaul was playing 10 records an hour. We'll play more like six or seven. This is still a music station, but there's personality, too." Johnny says just being in New York helps a lot "People can take a joke here," he says. "In California, you always have to be careful someone will take offense. "Also, New York isn't as segregated as California. Here, everybody sits next to everybody. On the subway, on the bus. In California, they're in cars, it's much more separate, and that's not good. Here, we learn to live together." - Can't sound much more positive than that Hollywood Stardom HOLLYWOOD HAMILTON Real Name: Sean Hamilton Hometown: Reno First Radio Station: Pirate station in his basement New York Radio History: Top-rated evening jock at WHTZ (100.3 FM), 1983-87, back to city at WKTU in 1996 Commercials: Doritos, Pepsi Family: Divorced; daughter, Taylor, 5 Hobbles: Race car driving, snow skiing, mountain biking o

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