Adrian Cronauer

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Cronauer in 2006

Adrian Cronauer (born September 8, 1938) 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 (starring Robin Williams as Cronauer).[1][2]

Background in radio[edit]

Cronauer was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He 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 attended the University of Pittsburgh where he led a group that founded the school's first student radio station, now WPTS-FM.[5] He 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.[6][7]

Cronauer is a member of Mensa.[3] He is also 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]


  1. ^ a b Jim Barthold (March 1, 2005), The real life of Adrian Cronauer, Urgent Communications, archived from the original on 2012-05-09, retrieved 2013-01-13 
  2. ^ Adrian Cronauer: Air Force Radio Announcer in Vietnam at
  3. ^ a b Famous and Prominent Mensans
  4. ^ Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies 34.1 (2004) 10-11
  5. ^ "Pitt's New Radio Station". Skyscraper Engineer (Schools of Engineering and Mines, University of Pittsburgh) 8 (3): 16–17. January 1959. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ ""Good Morning, Vietnam's" Adrian Cronauer speaks to reservists". United States Air Force. 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  7. ^ Adrian Cronauer is Conference Speaker!