Station: WBNY Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: July 9, 1961
Time: 10:57 (unscoped)
Lucky Pierre's first love was acting but he made a career out of radio.
Born Pierre Gonneau in Chatellerault, France, Lucky came to the U.S. at the age of 17 to attend Ithaca College of Theatre Arts. But it wasn't long before this natural entertainer found himself not on the stage but in radio, in Buffalo at WWOL, WHLD, WEBR and finally WBNY. He was syndicated out of WOR New York for two years beginning in 1955, then moved to Los Angeles to do a children's show on KHJ-TV. After a five-year gig at WFEC Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from 1963 to 1968, Lucky Pierre returned to Los Angeles at KGFJ, Hunter Hancock's old stomping grounds. Six years later, Pierre found himself at KUTE where under his tutelage, first as MD then PD, the station thrived as the only disco station in the market. He left radio in 1984 to work in television and host dances. Pierre returned to radio in the mid-'90s to host a show on KACD "Groove Radio 103.1."
Lucky Pierre died August 13, 2019. He was 85.
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