For Scott Shannon‘s first day as host of the new Morning Show on CBS-FM, heaps of people called in to congratulate him and talk about their histories, including Jon Bon Jovi, Naomi DiClemente, Stew Leonard, Terry Lundgren (Macy’s), Dr. Oz, Cousin Brucie, Billy Bush and more. The legend, Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees, also called in this morning to talk about his history in radio and his past with Scott. Not only was Mickey the lead guitarist for The Monkees, he was also an actor, singer, performer and a great radio personality, even though he said it wasn’t the easiest job.

“It was one of the toughest jobs I’ve ever had. I’ve always had respect for people doing radio, I’ve always loved the medium but boy I’ll tell you I had no idea how tough it is. People don’t know,” said Dolenz.

For an actor who is accustomed to using every skill he has, the hardest part for Mickey was getting everything across to his audience with only one of his senses… his voice.

“As an actor, singer, performer, doing acting, television, I got used to using all my senses, my skills, my tools, as an actor, facial expressions, your hands, your body movements – obviously your voice but many other skills – but obviously on the radio there’s only one and it’s just your voice and you have to convey every single thing through your voice,” said Dolenz.

Although Mickey officially retired from showbiz, he couldn’t stay away from the acting scene and performing.

I’m hoping to get back on Broadway,” said Dolenz, “I did Grease, Aida, and I did Pippin, the national tour, and I just got back from the UK doing Hairspray.”

Mickey is a part of The Monkee Convention that is coming up in mid-March, which is more than just a music festival, it’s a big event to support charities too.

“When we do The Monkee Convention, we’re doing it for a number of great causes. One is the American Cancer Society, I’m there with all four of my children and we’re going to be donating to a number of their favorite charities,” said Dolenz.

Listen to the full interview below:


–Cameron Steagall/WCBS-FM

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