Barely Off Playboy's Pages, a Bigger Than Ever Jessica Hahn Tries Her Lines on the Radio
updated 09/12/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/12/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
"Now you know I had the make-over for me and nobody else," said the woman who sundered Jim Bakker and the PTL, before her first stint last Monday as a member of the morning-drive team. "People thought I had the surgery to be seen. I proved them wrong. I went on the radio."
Hahn is the fourth wheel on a 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. show called "The Y-Morning Zoo." The slot is given over to top-40 music and "team talk"—the team being Glenn Beck, Tim Hattrick and Pat Powers, a woman. At the moment, Y-95 ranks sixth of 38 stations in the Phoenix market, but executives hope Jessica will change all that. When she was on the show recently to promote the September Playboy, which displays her new assets, Y-95 was flooded with calls. "Jessica has celebrity status," says manager Jay Stevens. "We gave her a 30-day contract with an option to renew. We hope she does." Adds Beck, not very gallantly: "We needed a prize bunny for our zoo."
Jessica's first outing seemed a success. The show really belongs to Beck and Hattrick, who turn the patter on like a faucet, and callers were instructed not to ask the new girl about the PTL or Bakker. Hahn read the horoscope and some Hollywood gossip in an enthusiastic, well-modulated voice and was on for a total of less than 10 minutes. Beck pronounced her "awesome." Later, Jessica admitted to some nerves but claimed to be thrilled at her chance. "I want to give the PTL a rest," she said, "to be myself and learn about radio. I'm not a pro. You'd think I would be, with all the TV and radio shows I've done in the past two years. But this is different. I'm on the opposite side. I'm no longer the news."
As she said this, camera crews from TV stations across the nation wheeled into position to shoot her.