Adrian Cronauer

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Cronauer in 2006

Adrian Cronauer (born September 8, 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former United States Air Force sergeant and radio personality whose experiences as an innovative disc jockey in Vietnam inspired the 1987 film Good Morning, Vietnam.[1][2]

Background in radio[edit]

Cronauer began his broadcasting career at the age of 12 as a guest for a Pittsburgh-area children's amateur hour.[3] He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he helped found the forerunner of the university's college radio station WPTS.

Military service[edit]

Cronauer co-wrote the original story for the film Good Morning, Vietnam, which was based on his experiences as a Saigon-based DJ during the Vietnam War, where he served from 1965 to 1966.[4] His program was known as the "Dawn Buster". A subsequent special program on National Public Radio about the role of the American Forces Vietnam Network — AFVN — (military radio and television) earned Cronauer a 1992 Ohio State Award and two 1991 Gold Medals from the New York Radio Festival.

Personal life[edit]

Cronauer earned a master's degree in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York City and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Cronauer's law practice concentrated in information and communications law. He was also the head of an advertising agency. Later he worked as a special assistant to the Director of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office.[5][6]

Cronauer is a member of Mensa.[3] He is also—contrary to Robin Williams' portrayal of him in Good Morning Vietnam—a "lifelong card-carrying Republican," having taken an "active role" in both Bob Dole's 1996 and George W. Bush's 2004 Presidential campaigns.[1]