Dead That DJ

New York City disc jockey Jonathan Schwartz has spent most of his career celebrating the music and legacy of Frank Sinatra, yet he felt the singer’s wrath in 1980 when he dared to criticize the third disc of Trilogy: Past, Present and Future.

While the three-record album contained Sinatra’s soon to be classic “Theme from New York, New York” on the “present” disc, it was the “future” disc that Schwartz referred to on WNEW-FM as “narcissistic” and “a shocking embarrassment.” After Sinatra called Schwartz and cursed him out, he then got the program director to fire him. Luckily, he was hired back three months later.