I was born in the little town of Wood River, IL, on the banks of the Mississippi, and just about 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Diehard Cardinal fan!!!! All through High School I knew I’d be a doctor, no question about it. That is, until I went to college. At the University of Illinois, it was less than a semester before I discovered the campus radio station, WPGU. I worked harder there than I did on my classes and found out…it was kinda fun. I got to go backstage and meet rock stars and wannabe rock stars. Plus there were guest lists, free bar tabs and all the cassettes and LPs the record companies could give me. It didn’t take long before the doctor thing got lost and radio took over.
After I graduated in 1985 (Go Illini!!), my first job in the real world was WXQR / Jacksonville, the Rock and Roll Animal. I worked there for 2 years getting some good experience, but the best thing I got was my wife, Elissa.
In 1987, we moved to the Myrtle Beach area, where my first job was actually at Rock 98, based in Georgetown. The signal barely reached Surfside Beach, but at least we were the only station rockin’ the Grand Strand.
Then, Rock 98 was sold, and we were all fired.
Transition to Country Music. In 1989, Country was starting to explode, so I got in on the ground floor, working for WYAK / Y-103 for 7 years, before going to WJXY / Conway for a few months, and then Gator 107.9 for a year.
In 1997, Wave 104 needed a Program Director. I got the job and got back into Rock. But Wave had a sister station, WRNN, which also needed a Program Director…so I was doing both. After a of couple years, in 2001, I became part of the morning show on WRNN and I’ve been there ever since. It’s been an interesting journey, but aside from the whole ‘getting up at 2:30am thing’, it’s pretty cool.