A Leesburg man pleaded guilty in Fairfax County Court on Monday to a misdemeanor charge of stalking in connection with a January incident in which WJFK-FM afternoon host Don Geronimo (aka Michael Sorce) received a letter that allegedly contained threats to himself and his family. According to court documents, Carl R. Grossman originally faced a felony charge. He was given a one-year jail sentence with 10 months suspended, followed by a year of probation and a period of supervised mental health care. The judge also issued a lifetime restraining order on Grossman, who had once been a frequent caller on "The Don And Mike Show"..... (DCRTV)
I haven't listened to Don & Mike for a while, now. At some point, they seemed to stop caring about their show, so I did also.
But I do have lots of great memories of listening to them when I was a kid, and I remember when Carl "The Merry Jew" Grossman was a regular caller, and seemingly well-liked (or in the very least, tolerated). Then I guess some sort of line was crossed, and he became persona non grata around WJFK.
He later tried to ingratiate himself to Ron & Fez and The Hideout, back when they were on JFK, but Geronimo used his clout to ban him from the station entirely. Then things obviously escalated to this point. And to get a year-long sentence and a mental health evaluation, I'm guessing the letter Grossman sent went beyond just a few inane ramblings.
It's a shame. He always seemed like an entertaining enough guy. What's next? Dennis Murphy showing up at Geronimo's house with a butcher knife?
Speaking of Ron & Fez and The Hideout, I see that WXRK in New York just switched from talk to music. Not only does this mean WJFK won't be able to carry a simulcast of Ron & Fez's now-cancelled nighttime show (not that they'd seemed inclined to do so, for whatever reason), but The Hideout just had another series of try-out shows on WXRK right before the format switch, which were apparently all for nothing.
It'd be nice if XM stepped up and added The Hideout to its line-up. Ron & Fez alone haven't been enough to motivate me to buy an XM radio and subscription, but Ron & Fez and The Hideout? I'd sign up in a second.
(Or WJFK could finally admit that their current nighttime show is a complete disaster, cut their losses, and bring Jefe, Dubbs, Bateman, and Chunks home where they belong.)