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Hold The Phone!
Hold the Phone! The John Otto Page
By Gary Deeb
John Otto was the dean of talk radio in Buffalo. His calm manner, rich voice and warm style have set a remarkable standard for high-quality conversation since he first positioned himself at a WGR microphone nearly four decades ago. He is the stark antithesis of "shock radio" - treating his listeners as family and steadfastly refusing to cheap-shot his way to notoriety. Otto also has anchored news, hosted documentaries and been a quirky music personality ("Eydie Gorme entertaining-- and isn't she, though!"). His WGR late night talk show kept percolating talk alive six nights a week for decades.

Hear John Otto!

Click Here for AudioExtention 55 1989
A great half hour of the show
Windows Media File
Click Here for AudioJohn Otto Calls a Bisons Game
John with Pete Weber mid 90s
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioJohn Gets MAD!
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioOn Baggy Pants....
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioOn Producer Greg Bauch
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioOn Limp Bizkit....
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioOn Mosh Pits
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioOn Oprah....
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioOn Rosie O'Donnell
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioOn Sacajewea....
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioSilly open to an hour
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioAre you There? A Classic
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioOn Vocabulary
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioClosing out the show.
mp3 Audio

Your Congenial Co-Communicator in Images

John Otto
John Otto, Holding the Phone.
John Otto
Me with John Otto on the night he was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
John Otto
A WWKB pub shot from the mid-80's... John hosted NightCall on KB.
John Otto
an Early 60's shot of Brother John Otto... Host of a Sunday morning show for children.
John Otto
John Otto, late 60s... On Extenstion 55.
John Otto
Otto started his Buffalo Broadcasting career as a Jack of All Trades at WBNY Radio. This shot is from the Family of Henry Brach.
John Otto
John Otto-- In the Delaware Ave WGR studios, 1998
John Otto
Any Otto fan will fondly remember him fumbling through carts for his cheesy sound effects... This shot taken in 1998. Coming soon... Many of John's original sound effects below to the sound section!

John Otto
John's Son surfed onto this page...
And he wanted to share this picture with his Dad's fans.
Its His favorite Picture of his father.


Hear John Otto's Sound Effects!

Taken directly from those carts Your Operator On would fumble through every night....

Click Here for AudioExtension 55 Jingle
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioShow Open 1960s
mp3 Audio
Click Here for Audio Show Open late 80s
mp3 Audio
Click Here for Audio Show Theme-- Miserlou
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioWho said that ?
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioWho is that ?
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioJFK set to music 1
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioJFK set to music 2
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioJFK set to music 3
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioJFK Set to Music 4
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioPaul Harvey on Otto
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioThe rest of the story!
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioShuffle off to Buffalo
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioSnow, Snow, Snow
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioSpooky music with John Humming
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioSunday... Sweet Sunday
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioWriting a letter SFX
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioScream!
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioHail to the Cheif
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioA little travelling Music
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioCanada is where I ought to be
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioIts been very nice to work with you guys
mp3 Audio

Have a John Otto story, picture, or sound to share with the world? E-mail us! We'd love to add your memories!
John Otto! The Ultimate JOHN OTTO Collection!
ALL ON ONE CD... Over 24 Hours of John Otto Radio goodness from stations WGR and WWKB.
This mp3 CD is not for use with most portable CD players, and is probably best played for most people from their computers.
This collection is available for trade... or for $16.99.

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