Eric Johnson Circa 1983

Ah, the 1980s. Nothing like big hair, acid-wash jeans, and leg warmers. As a treat, here are pictures of MGK’s radio DJs in the 80s.

You know 80’s rock. All of the hairspray, guy-liner, and spandex. The decade of hair bands, metal, hard rock, and headbangers. Long hair was flying and men had bangs. Live-aid, Back to the Future, and an Olympic hockey victory over the Soviet Union.

It’s one of the best eras of music. And so many great artists came out of it all. We know you have these acts on your playlists and listen to them on MGK daily. You probably still have their records, er- cassettes?

Everyone loves a good throwback. So, for fun, we compiled pictures of MGK’s jocks in the 1980s. We all know what they look like now, but do you know what they looked like way back when? Did they have bad hair? Did they wear embarrassing clothes?

A lot of them were already in the radio business! They were just getting their start in the ‘biz. And some, well, they were only just born! These photos are true time capsules of the era we all know and love.

Enjoy these pictures of MGK’s radio DJs in the 80s:

  • Matt Cord

    matt cord and tommy stinson

    Here is Matt Cord, your morning show host, with Tommy Stinson of The Replacements circa 1988. Back when Matt’s hair required its own zip code.

  • Steve Vassalotti

    steve vassalotti in the 80s baby picture

    Steve WAS in fact around in the 80s. He was born in 1987, so this is a baby picture. What a cute kid, popping his little overall strap.

  • Eric Johnson

    eric johnson in the 80s holding up a short with a union jack on it

    “Andre Gardner took this photo here in the parking lot at 1 Bala Plaza. It has to be like 1984.

    I am holding up my sleeveless Union Jack T-shirt… Because of my love of some British rock bands. I am in a 1978 Plymouth Fury.”
  • Andre Gardner

    andre gardner with rick springfield in the 80s

    “Here’s a random goofy shot of me and the current teen idol at the time, Rick Springfield, backstage before his show at the old Century Theater in Audubon, NJ.  The shot was taken in October 1981 and I was the M.C. of one of the two shows he played there.  His song “Jessie’s Girl” had just peaked at #1.
    The theater has long been torn down.  I think it was a Rite Aid last time I passed by LOL.
    I was the night DJ at the big Top 40 FM in Philly at the time, WIFI (WIFI-92). Can you believe those were our call letters? Now it’s XTU.”
  • Cyndy Drue

    cyndy drue with bruce springsteen in 1980

    Here is Cyndy Drue with Bruce Springsteen backstage at the Spectrum at The River tour (1980).

  • Paul Kelly

    paul kelly with night ranger in the 80s

    Here’s a shot of Paul Kelly in the 80s with the hard rock band, Night Ranger.

  • Angel Donato

    angel donato with rick springfield

    Rick Springfield makes another appearance here! This is not from the 80s, but rather with an 80s icon. Here’s Angel Donato feeling like “Jessie’s Girl” hanging out with 80’s Heartthrob Rick Springfield.

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