Chad Dukes (radio personality)

Chad Dukes (radio personality)
Chad Dukes
Born December 7, 1978 (1978-12-07) (age 32)
Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Radio personality

The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes

Chad Dukes (born on December 7, 1978, in Alexandria, Virginia) is a radio personality co-host of the "The LaVar Arrington show with Chad Dukes" and formerly a co-host of the Big O and Dukes Show on WJFK-FM in Washington, D.C.[1]


Early life

Chad (Sisson) Dukes is a native of Burke, Virginia, and a graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School. He did not complete his studies at George Mason University and began his radio broadcasting career working in college radio for WGMU.


Dukes began his radio career at 98.7 WMZQ working in the promotions department. He then transitioned to WHFS (99.1) in Washington, D.C., where he was an intern for The Sports Junkies.[2] There he met fellow intern Oscar "The Big O" Santana. Together they created the Big O and Dukes Show which debuted at night after Loveline. The show's initial run ended January 12, 2005, when CBS Radio flipped WHFS's format to spanish language, and rebranded the station as WLZL "El Zol".[1][3]

Dukes moved to WJFK/WHFS (105.7) in Baltimore, Maryland in 2005, where the Big O and Dukes Show replaced Out to Lunch Show in the midday (11:00 AM – 3:00 PM) timeslot. The show received much attention in Baltimore when it hired former police commissioner Ed Norris as its "third man".[4] CBS Radio abruptly cancelled the Big O and Dukes Show shortly after Norris arrived (replacing it with the Ed Norris Show).[5] Dukes moved to ESPN Radio 1300 AM where he co-hosted an afternoon drive sports/talk show.

In June 2006, Dukes and Santana moved to Phoenix, Arizona to replace KZON's The Phil Hendrie Show upon the retirement of Phil Hendrie. The Big O and Dukes Show's run in Arizona ended on June 21, 2007 when KZON flipped its format to hip hop, becoming 101.5 JAMZ.[6]

After a short hiatus, Dukes returned to the Washington, D.C. airwaves. On July 16, 2007 The Big O and Dukes Show debuted on WJFK-FM in the evening timeslot (7:00 - 11:00 p.m.), following the station's flagship Don and Mike Show. In 2008 the show was moved to mid-days beginning at 10 a.m. following The Junkies and ending at 3 p.m. preceding the Mike O'Meara Show.

On July 20, 2009 WJFK-FM switched formats from simply Talk Radio to Sports Talk Radio and became 106.7 The Fan DC. Dukes now broadcasts with former Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington on the sports talk show "The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes" from 2-7 p.m.[7]

On July 16, 2010, Dukes and Santana reunited for a weekly podcast styled on their terrestrial radio show. It is available at .

On November 16, 2010, Dukes unleashed his anger on "The LaVar Arrington Show" towards the Redskins after a 59-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which QB Michael Vick scored 6 Touchdowns against them on ESPN Monday Night Football.[8]

Side projects

Dukes was also co-host of the short-lived Snack and Soda Show. The program ran Sundays on WJFK from 2007–08, with Dukes and producer Matt Cahill broadcasting under the pseudonyms "Snack" and "Soda," respectively. Together they critiqued various snack foods and reported on snack food industry news and rumors. The show's final installment aired April 20, 2008.[9]

He formerly hosted a fully interactive videogame talkshow, "Red Ring of Death Radio," with Cahill on WJFK 106.7, Wednesdays at 8 p.m.[9] He has also branched into film work with the "Main Street Mafia," a pro-wrestling troupe that is currently engaged in a hostile takeover of the WJFK hallways, openly attacking employees that disrespect them. The group consists of Kurt Schembeckler, Nash Dukes, and Drab T-Shirt. The Main Street Mafia has completed their first short film, depicting their fight against a rival wrestling group made up entirely of zombies, known as the Undead World Order.[10] A few months later they made another movie known as MVP, Mafia versus Predator. The Big-O and Dukes show as well a Red Ring of Death Radio are available on iTunes as podcast downloads.

He and LaVar Arrington hosted "Sportsweek with LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes" which aired on WDCW.


  1. ^ a b "About Big O and Dukes". Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  2. ^ Salmon, Mike (2003-11-19). "Former Bruin Finds Spot On Air". Burke Connection. 
  3. ^ "Chad Dukes official bio". Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  4. ^ Woestendiek, John (2005-08-16). "Back in town, Ed Norris begins new life on the radio". Baltimore Sun.,0,3361942.story?coll=bal-home-headlines. "He is co-host of the new 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. talk show on WHFS-FM, Ed Norris with Big O & Dukes. The show replaces Big O & Dukes, on which Norris had become a regular guest, by telephone, during his home detention in Florida." 
  5. ^ Morse, Dan (2005-09-05). "Ex-Police Chief Again the Talk Of the Town". The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ "Big O & Dukes bio at KZON official website". Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  7. ^ Lemke, Tim (2009-07-13). "106.7 The Fan to Launch July 20". The Washington Times. 
  8. ^ "Dukes 'Skins Rant". 
  9. ^ a b McKenna, Dave (2008-04-18). "Best Slam of "Best Of"". 
  10. ^

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