Well, it’s time to call it a day. December 16, 2023, will be the last live show morning of WSB’S AM750 AND 95.5FM “O’Neill Outside” radio with O’Neill and Gail performing as sleepy hosts. After 32 years of early Saturday morning obligations, Gail and I are going to sleep in. The show will continue to air on WSB at the same time, 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., same Saturdays with a new host and under a new name. You’ll know the name of the new show soon. Carrying with him a mountain of outdoor information and experience will be a friend of yours, Super Guide of 42 years on Lanier, Captain Mack Farr as the new host of the show.
I’m asking that you listen in, become friends with Mack (that’ll be easy) and contribute to the uplifting stories and conversations.
“O’Neill Outside” Television will continue with all the networks and partner as usual with many of the sponsors/companions of the radio show.
The radio show started out at WGST about 1990. I had telephoned the general manager, made an appointment, and pitched my idea for a live radio show on fishing and outdoors. He said no. I had called WSB and they did not return my calls so I pitched WGST again. He gave up and said yes. I recall him looking over his glasses and saying “I give up,” you can start in two weeks. Gail and I kicked off a show at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings at the WGST studios downtown Atlanta just off Piedmont Road. From there, a few months later, we moved to the WSB studios on Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the Georgia Radio Network. Soon, with the help and advice of friends at WSB, we accepted and tackled the Saturday 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. time slot and we’ve been there ever since.
It worked. Gail and I were live almost every Saturday morning for 30-plus years and “O’Neill Outside,” with a bevy of supporting sponsors and partners, became the #1 live outdoor-based radio talk show in the US. For the last half dozen years or so, we broadcasted live from our little log cabin in North Georgia mountains. It was quite a relief not making an almost two-hour drive to the WSB studios downtown. We’d leave the mountain at 2 a.m. and return home at 8 a.m. every Saturday.
So, from Gail and O’Neill (and the many helpful substitutes that filled in for us) to our Saturday morning audience from Miami to Dallas to Chicago to New York and all the outdoors men and women in between, it has been a pleasure.
Say hello to Mack when you tune in to his new show on January 6th.
Photos: courtesy captmacks.com