Gary Russell Corry was born in Rinard, Illinois and worked his way through Southern Illinois University as DJ, newsman, and play by play announcer at WRAJ in Anna, Illinois. In 1963, he went to suburban St Louis to work for WIBV. From there he moved to Cincinnati; WCPO and legendary WUBE. In 1969 he was hired as Program Director of WQXI in Atlanta. In 1971, Pacific & Southern Broadcasting entered the New York radio market with WWDJ and Gary was moved there to do mornings. A short time later he moved to WPAT.
In 1974, Corry returned to Atlanta and WQXI as program director and then promotions director, piloting the stations creation and hosting of The “Quixie Ramblin’ Raft Race”. At one time during it’s life, the event was called the worlds largest (300,000 persons) outdoor participatory event by The Guinness Book of World Records. The event finally got so big, it had to be discontinued.
Gary was also head writer for the Gary McKee Morning Show. In 1979, Gary created a character for the show; Red Neckerson which was an instant success. Gary later syndicated Red’s daily slices of humorous, but always “G” rated, wisdom and humor on over 300 stations. Gary recorded several comedy albums; several have been nominated for a Grammy. He is the undisputed creator of Redneck Humor, a genre filled with Red wannabees. He also began writing a column for an Atlanta publication, has toured comedy clubs, and been a television booth announcer.
In 1987, Gary joined WYAY as writer and character voice on Rhubarb Jones morning show. In 1997, Gary became a regular on WSB on the Herb Emory’s weekly NASCAR talk show. His current CD is “Stock Car Comedy”.
Gary was an accomplished Arabian horse breeder and showman.
He passed away September 15, 2010 following a brief illness.
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