Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame
According to the website for his station, KOOL 108 FM (KQQL), Dan Donovan is “synonymous with 147 years of great Twin Cities radio.” He hasn’t been around for quite that long, but “the Geezer,” as he calls himself, is a radio veteran whose career dates back to the glory days of rock and roll.
Born in Philadelphia, Donovan got interested in radio growing up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He began his career there at WGET, later moving to WSBA in York, Pennsylvania. After studying journalism at Penn State, he moved on to WICE Radio in Providence, Rhode Island, in the early 1960s. He then moved to WMEX in Boston and WCBM in Baltimore before beginning a ten-year run at WFIL AM in Philadelphia.
He came to KS 95 FM in the Twin Cities in 1979, and joined KOOL 108 FM in 1991, bringing the enthusiasm and style that have made him one of the region’s best known and best loved DJ’s to his popular afternoon drive and Sunday oldies shows. City Pages recently named him Best Twin Cities FM Radio Personality of 2006, and next summer he will celebrate fifty years in radio.