When I was a kid, I bought a tiny AM radio transmitter, which reached around the block on a good day. I hooked up a record player and a microphone and “broadcast” to the largest imaginary audience in the world (the Big 82)! My cousin visited, saw this setup and asked an obvious question, “Hey, did you ever think of getting into radio?” My parents were supportive, too. They always said I had a face for radio!
From that day on I had the “radio bug.” I grew up near Philadelphia listening to radio greats like HyLit, Joe Niagara, Joey Reynolds and Jerry Blavat--“the Geator with the Heater,” as well as New York greats like Dan Ingram, Cousin Brucie and Ed Baer. I majored in Communications at Temple University, getting the chance to interview many of my radio heroes along the way for school projects, while also working at college station WRTI. The format was jazz, which I grew to appreciate along with the many other styles of music I enjoy.
Next stop was WIFI in Philadelphia . This FM station had about as many listeners as my home radio transmitter, since AM radio was king and their format was a mix of Polkas, Jewish music and Doo Wop! While not exactly mainstream, this part-time stint on a niche-oriented station while still in college was a great training ground, teaching me a lot about the basics of the business. Likewise for WPAZ in Pottstown , PA , where I hosted a morning show after I graduated from college.
A brief gig at WRAW, in Reading , PA was my one shot at “Top 40” radio, rock and roll in the seventies! Music in the sixties and seventies was such an important part of my life, and the reason for being in radio. It still is!
I moved to Lansing , MI in 1973 and hosted the afternoon show at an adult contemporary radio station, WJIM, where I spent 6 happy years. Part of the reason they were very happy years was that I was allowed to grow as a radio personality…and I met my wife-to-be at the station. We got married the next summer, with the reception being held at the AM-FM-TV station's beautiful “Country House” dining room. What a time!
With my first child on the way, I decided to leave radio for a more stable way of life for awhile! I spent many years in the non-profit field, trying to keep kids from smoking and helping those with asthma. My work with the American Lung Association was gratifying and very rewarding. But the radio bug bit again!
In 2005 I happily joined the terrific family at WHUD with a weekend show on Saturday s from 3-7 p.m. During the week I work with nonprofit organizations, but on the weekends, it's my privilege to spend some quality time sharing new and familiar music with the greatest listeners in the world (a whole lot more listeners than that old home transmitter!). Warm wishes and many thanks for listening!