When the Laughter Can’t Be Heard


Many people, including, and most especially including Program Directors, do not know how often we overnight jocks get a call from a celebrity appearing in town. It happened to me many times, and sometimes they were very memorable.

One such was the Sunday morning ring-up I got from Richard Colangelo, a comedian appearing at Sammy’s Showroom inside Harrah’s Reno or one of those places. That call led us to ride around that day, me telling him about Northern Nevada and him telling me off-color jokes.

He comes to mind as he took his life on Sat., Mar. 10, 2007. I think I still have his private number in an old inoperable cellphone, hidden away in one of my many junk drawers.

We knew Richard Colangelo by his stage name, Richard Jenni.

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