Newfoundland Character, Radio Caller 'Moon Man' Dies
February 16, 2010 at 11:46 AM (PT)
A longtime caller to NEWCAP Talk-Country VOCM-A/ST. JOHN'S, NF, BILL "THE MOON MAN" SWEENEY, has died, passing away SATURDAY (2/13) in ST JOHN'S at 72.
SWEENEY was a regular caller to VOCM's "NITE LINE," and former host GEORGE MACLAREN gave him the "MOON MAN" nickname for claiming that the moon landing was a hoax. The ST. JOHN'S TELEGRAPH notes that SWEENEY also called the CBS on a regular basis, asking hosts "how's your bubble?" and signing off with "yabber dabber doo." He called himself a "semi-retired stevedore" and wrote songs like "I'm Going Home to Marry Me a Newfie Girl" and "Newfie Dreamer."