Blast From The Past: Jim Condon and Louie Manno, WKDR


Happy Friday! This week’s Radio Ink Blast From The Past features Jim Condon and Louie “The Wingnut” Manno on Burlington, VT’s WKDR-AM, circa 1990.

The duo hosted The Manno and Condon Show from 1990 to 2000, after a successful stint at then-WQCR. Their show was renowned for segments like “Leave It to Bernie,” a humorous portrayal of Senator Bernie Sanders.

When Condon sent Radio Ink this photo in 2013, he said, “At one point, we were the longest-running morning team in New England! My mustache, however, did not last long – I left the facial hair thing to Louie.”

After their radio careers, the duo also ran a deli in Burlington before Condon entered politics. He also served as Executive Director of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. Condon passed away in 2018.

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