After 32 years, a famous Southern California “shock jock” who got his start on Fresno State’s campus radio station, is stepping down from the show that made him a star.
Cookie “Chainsaw” Randolph is leaving a hugely popular morning show in San Diego in December, with co-host Dave Rickards, radio station KGB-FM announced Tuesday.
“Chainsaw began his radio career while attending Fresno State when friends convinced him to do a shift at the campus radio station,” the station’s announcement said.
Randolph was recruited to KGB-FM in 1986 and teamed up with Rickards and the team’s third member, Shelly Dunn, a few years later.
The Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw show, originally called The Dawn Patrol and later renamed “The DSC”, was launched at the station in 1990. It came to dominate local radio ratings for most of his airtime.
The show’s bawdy humor and irreverent attitude have occasionally sparked controversy.
The show moved to a competing radio station after a contract dispute in 2010 before returning to its original home KGB-FM in 2018. Dunn retired that year, but the show continued with other co-hosts.
“Throughout its 32 years, the show ‘DSC’ has remained a ratings leader and earned a reputation as San Diego’s most hilarious morning show,” according to KGB’s statement- FM.
Asked about his upcoming retirement, Chainsaw said, “Getting up and playing for the last few decades for our wonderful KGB audience has been, by far, the greatest privilege of my career. It was a blast and I’m forever grateful.