Greg Aust’s Saga: Where’s The Other Austin?

Austin & Austin: We know the guy on the right. But who’s that on the left?

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 QZVX 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

Demo ad for Jeff Elliott aka “Buddy Love” (left) and Greg Aust (right) aka Max Packer

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.”

Historical record from an aircheck repository, unfortunately they no longer have the aircheck

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. (ssmith@qzvx.com)

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Author: Steven L. Smith

Presently editor and historical writer with QZVX.COM in Seattle. Former radio broadcaster and radio station owner, 1970-1999. Journalism and speech communications degrees. I enjoy researching articles and online reporting that allows me to meld together words, audio and video. P.S. I appreciate and encourage reader comments and opinions.
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10 thoughts on “Greg Aust’s Saga: Where’s The Other Austin?

  1. Elaine,
    The links to other articles are here. You might have seen them.
    https://qzvx.com/2018/12/10/searching-for-chuck-mckay-and-finding-greg-aust-the-final-chapter/
    https://qzvx.com/2018/11/09/greg-aust-the-kvi-years-and-beyond/
    https://qzvx.com/2019/09/10/shaking-the-family-tree-greg-aust-the-elliotts/
    My email is
    steven-L-smith@comcast.net

    You can send pics there…or if you prefer by post just drop me an email and I can give street address.

    Your friend was on a Wilde ride. When Greg went to Miami, with management involvement, they feigned that he went out on a boat and was lost in the Bermuda Triangle. Emergency services sent out helicopters. It was revealed he and his girlfriend were at a Miami apartment. In his first KC gig he was hired and let go before going on the air due to an incident in with police. So the station hired another guy and had him call himself Greg Austin. Which created many hassles when trying to 50 years later locate Greg Aust. I would have to figure out the years, because Aust did work later in KC, but not the first time he was hired at the big rocker. Maybe the mystery incident was the baseball bat.

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