Pierre Robert at 25 Years
After 25 years at 'MMR, the iconic daytime DJ has lots of rockin' memories
"I GREW UP passionate about rock 'n' roll, but my rock 'n' roll dreams never came true until I came to Philly."
This is how disc jockey Pierre Robert began his wild, hilarious and introspective look back at 25 years behind the microphone at WMMR (93.3-FM).
Asked to come up with the top 25 rock 'n' roll moments of his career to commemorate his Nov. 25 silver anniversary, the lovable, long-haired DJ settled back on a big, black leather couch outside his studio one recent Tuesday for an hours-long retrospective that colorfully bounced from an early '80s Mick Jagger interview at the Four Seasons to the fall of the Berlin Wall to Live Aid and more.
Since 1981, this people-loving rock devotee has made a ridiculously fun career of spinning everything from the Rolling Stones to the Stone Temple Pilots, from the Doors to 3 Doors Down, while doing groundbreaking, history-making rock interviews, on-air gags and other stunts that have made the local station an institution.
Born William Pierre Robert and raised in San Francisco during the 1960s and '70s, he was an avid rock 'n' roll fan who would listen to the radio and daydream about meeting his idols.
To "get close to the music," he did a stint on a San Francisco radio station in his early 20s, eventually hopping in his white Volks-wagen van (named Minerva) and heading East when the station changed its format from rock to country.
He landed at WMMR at age 25, and hasn't budged since, earning respect for more than just the songs he plays. From his candle-scented, dimly lit studio, the strict vegetarian talks to fans - whom he calls "citizens" - about the importance of being environmentally and politically conscious, and he tirelessly works for local charities and individuals.
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Read the entire story for his 25 moments. Pierre is truly the last of a dying breed of original DJs: yes, he prattles on and on ad nauseum about life, but at least he doesn't insult his audience with stupidity about how often lesbian nuns fart in church!
Here's a shot of Jager for you, good citizen!