I am another one of those guys that wanted to get into radio as a kid. I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida with great radio all around me, including some of the legendary stations the 50's and 60's - WPDQ and WAPE - If you lived along the southeastern coast of the United States, you heard both of these stations. I dreamed every day about spinning 45’s on the air and having everyone groove to my tunes. But it was just a dream. At least back then it was.
It all came true! At The University of South Carolina, in Columbia SC I beca me involved with the campus radio station, WUSC - AM. I got a chance to do it all there, DJ, News Reader, Program Director, Chief Announcer, music director and Chief Engineer. WUSC was the main training ground for the local radio stations.
I was one of the lucky ones. I was hired as one of the "Good Guys" at WCOS - AM/FM. My favorite memory of my time there was doing the "Nightbeat Show" live from a radio booth at a local drive in restaurant right in the middle of the action. The disk jockeys also got a chance to be on stage with some really big names in music; Sam the Sham, Peaches and Herb, James Brown, and Jimmy Rogers just to name a few. There were also a lot of local and regional bands, The Sensational Epics, The Ventrelles and The Swinging Medallions. Wow I was in heaven!
It was the best job that I ever had, but eventually I drifted over to the technical side working in local radio and television stations while occasionally doing air shifts. During that time I also did remote work for the major networks, NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS. I left broadcasting for a while in 1999 but I still missed being that guy on the radio, playing records and making people happy.
On Air radio went corporate but the creative side of radio went somewhere else, the Internet. I got into internet radio in 2007 and in October 2008, I was a founding partner of Our Generation Radio. And I've been going strong ever since.
My shows are mostly oldies but cross the years from the 1950's to the present day. You can never tell what you might hear. So if you remember wearing Bass Weejuns, Madras Shirts and Gantt Pants with a buckle on the back, and listening to music with a trumpet playing band, get your Weejuns on and tune in!
If you are into Oldies and live in Columbia South Carolina, I have returned to the local airwaves. I have a show on WUSC - FM, 90.5 Monday mornings from 10 AM until Noon Eastern time as well. One of the features of this show is an occasional live interview with an Oldies artist that we all remember and love. It is so good to be back to doing the thing that got me started.
Long live Rock and Roll