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Larry Walton

Larry Walton entertained Baltimore radio listeners for years, referring to himself as 'Ol' Dirty Shirt from Wolf City, Montana. Walton worked a number of markets, but it was in Baltimore radio of the 60's and 70's that Walton's biting wit, innovative features and oh-so-smooth delivery caught the fancy of the local listeners. In one respect, he was almost like the 'Colonel Hogan' of radio. You could almost see the smirk thru the radio speakers and just knew he was going to get you laughing with a well-timed one liner.

According to Bruce Bonner's history of Baltimore DJ lineups, Larry Walton worked at MOR-formatted WCBM from 1964-1969. After pursuing other opportunities for a couple of years, Walton came back to WCBM from 1972-1975. He also held court at WFBR and WITH in the late 70's and early 80's. After a stint at WNAV in Annapolis, Walton soon after got out of the business. Walton died from a long illness in the 90's.

Walton's flamboyancy and fondness for spirits created additional legendary moments off the air. In the Fall of '75, Walton was at WCBM playing 'The Greatest Hits Of All Time' weekday afternoons from 2-7. WCBM Program Director Bruce Holberg was a hands-on kind of guy whose oversight ran to creating and executing promotions to further the station's appeal to listeners. One of those approaches was for WCBM to sponsor concerts at the local Painters Mill Music Fair. The venue happened to be within a stone's throw of the WCBM studios in Owings Mills.

Walton was irritated at having to get off the air and come over to the venue to contribute his time for the concert. He proceeded to let everyone around him know of his displeasure and then revealed that he resigned. He told one or two of his fellow 'CBM personalities that he had shoved a resignation letter under Holberg's door when he got off the air and that was that. The jocks, who shall remain anonymous, went back to the station and with an extended coat hanger, got down on the floor and with a great deal of effort, managed to pull the letter back under the door and Holberg never got it.

Walton moved back to Beaverton, Oregon where spent his remaining days. From 'Winging The Weather' to his zany comments, Larry Walton...Ol' Dirty Shirt...was truly one of a kind.



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