Gregory Aust was not the most famous disc jockey to every work in Seattle, but he was very memorable to anyone who was listening to KVI from June 1972 until Feb. 1974. On a national basis Aust also became quite famous for some of his antics on-air and otherwise. He worked at a vast number of radio stations from the late sixties into the mid-’90s. Here is an incomplete list that’s in “somewhat” chronological order.
KEWI-Topeka (circa 1968), WNHC-New Haven; CKLW-Windsor/Detroit (more than once); WLS-Chicago; WMID-Atlantic City; KFRC-San Francisco; KVI-Seattle; WVBF-Boston; WMYQ-Miami; KRIZ-Phoenix; KCMO-Kansas City; WMAQ-Chicago; KFI-Los Angeles; KOPA-Scottsdale; KLSI-Kansas City; K101 -San Francisco, KWFM-Tucson; KLLS-San Antonio; KTSR-Bryan College Station (Texas); and KMEN-San Bernardino (circa 1995). Read more about Aust’s career and hear him on-air by clicking HERE.
Gregory Van Aust had many on-air names” His birth name Greg Aust, to Greg Austin, Steve Austin, Austin in Boston, Chuck Williams, Chuck McKay, Greg Pierce and Jim Applegate. He is best remembered from his wild and crazy aircheck on CKLW in February 1975 (listen to the famous recording HERE).
Greg mostly disappeared from radio in the mid to late 1990s, after the job in San Bernardino. Then it was a rumor, for nearly ten years, that he had died in 2008. Parts of that story did not resonate with us at Puget Sound Media and we decided to track down Greg Aust — if that was possible. Cooperating with the elusive Greg’s family, and his former PD’s and radio friends, we eventually discovered that he was in fact deceased. However, he had not passed away until 2015. So rumors of his passing were premature and exaggerated, but unfortunately we did not get a happy ending either. The article detailing our search for Greg Aust was called “Searching for Chuck McKay and finding Greg Aust “(Read it HERE).
Now, we are embarking on another mystery involving Aust. No matter what name he used on the radio, he was almost always a solo jock. In 1989, Greg and his half-brother, Jeff 50K Elliott, (another deejay) were planning to head to a major market as a team. It was a great idea, but it never came to fruition (read the Aust-Elliott family story HERE.
In going through his chronology, we know that Greg briefly had an on-air partner while at KWFM in Tucson. He was half of a morning show team that went by “Austin & Austin.”
Jeff doesn’t know who his brother’s on-air partner was. We got to thinking it would be interesting to answer the question “Where is the Other Austin”? More specifically — Who was he and where is he? In the past, radio pros who worked with Aust were helpful and shared their experiences with Greg and passed along information. Greg worked at enough radio stations, and he was distinctive enough, that he is memorable.
To help us solve this new mystery we ask that any mid-’80s KWFM employees, or anyone else for that matter, who can provide insight into the team “Austin & Austin” contact us and leave comments. We know the identity of one Austin, but need help in locating the other one! No Aust story or clue is too small, so please leave your comments or send an Email. ([email protected])