Madison Radio Legend Passes
December 28, 2007 at 7:40 AM (PT)
JD BARBER (ED TISDALE) passed away this morning. JDB, who was a star high school athlete, joined the Navy following graduation and served a tour of duty in the GULF OF TONKIN. Upon his return to home, he decided on a radio career and headed to the TWIN CITIES to attend BROWN RADIO INSTITUTE.
He graduated with a first ticket and landed his first on-air gig at WISM/MADISON in 1965. A year later he was PD-ing 15Q/TWO RIVERS where he made a name for himself as a PD, a very funny morning man and a hit maker. (The BELLAMY BROTHERS "Let Your Love Flow" may not have happened without the golden ears of JDB.) He teamed with another BROWN grad, the legendary MIKE KRONFORST, and together they dazzled the world of high school basketball and football play-by-play.
In 1980 BARBER returned to MADISON to join the radio team at Z104. It took only a year for the funny man from VIROQUA, WI to take his morning show to number one. For the next 10 plus years at Top 40 Z104 and Country Q106, JD BARBER morning shows led the MADISON market. He slipped into semi-retirement 5 years ago, dedicating time to his massive record collection. He continued to pull a Saturday morning shift on WJVL/JANESVILLE, where he wrote and produced a syndicated feature "A Day In The Country." Throughout 2007 he fought the fight against lymphoma and won!
JD passed this morning at home of a heart attack. Funeral arrangements are pending.