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Adrian Cronauer (born September 8, 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former United States Air Force sergeant and radio personality best-known as the inspiration for the 1987 Robin Williams film Good Morning, Vietnam.[1][2]

Background in radio

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

Cronauer co-authored the original story for the film Good Morning, Vietnam, which was based on his experiences in the Vietnam War, where he served from 1965-1966.[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 (military radio and television) earned Cronauer a 1992 Ohio State Award and two 1991 Gold Medals from the New York Radio Festival.

Personal life

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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]



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