"I have had a
love for broadcasting ever since I can remember. When I was a
kid in Northern Ohio, I was able to pick up the powerhouse stations
(WLS, WCFL, WOWO, CKLW, KYW/WKYC and more). I was always always
fascinated by the talent and those very stations were like magnets
drawing me to the business. In 1969, I got my radio break at an
FM station on Starkey Road in Seminole, WQXM, Stereo 98. I was
still in high school at the time and was asked to do two air shifts
on the weekends. I spent four years on the air fulltime at WQXM."
"In 1972, I obtained
my FCC First Class license and became Chief Engineer of WQXM.
I was finding my radio interests growing more "behind the
scenes" with my engineering work than being on the air as
a DJ. I left Tampa Bay briefly in 1974 to build my first radio
station from the ground up in Louisville, Kentucky. When I came
back to Tampa, I had the pleasure of being Assistant Chief Engineer
at WLCY AM/FM. While there, "Y-95" was born. I got the
privilege of being the person to unplug "Herman" the
automation from hell! Anyone that worked at WLCY back then knows
what I am talking about! I then went back to WQXM and was instrumental
in convincing the owners to take it rock & roll, hence "98
Rock" came into being along with the 98 Rock chicken, fire
truck, paddy wagon, the famous blimp that would never fly, Jenny
Cheeks and a cast of thousands."
"I am so grateful to have been a participant
in the development stages of Tampa Bay FM broadcasting in the
early to mid seventies. It was a blast!"
"While in the Tampa Bay area, I worked
with most of the stations in Pinellas County at one time or another
and had the honor of working with a lot of the pioneer air personalities
in the market. These years of my beginning days of broadcasting
were the absolute best time of my life."
"I have to personally thank folks such
as Tedd Webb who, at the time I was at 98, worked mornings at
WFSO which was located right behind the 98 studios. Tedd always
had me laughing every morning when he would stop by before signing
on "The Big 57". I would also like to acknowledge the
leadership of Charlie Champion. Charlie taught me a lot about
the broadcasting profession and how to survive. He was a true
friend and mentor. Unfortunately, Charlie passed away several
years ago while managing a station in Lancaster, California."
"I also had a hand in helping Bud Paxson
develop HSN. Bud and I started the cable TV feed in Clearwater
in the early eighties. I made the decision to stick with radio
when Bud sold the AM/FM he owned to pursue HSN. I was told by
Bud the day I left what a mistake I was making by leaving HSN.
Well, hindsight does teach you a valuable lesson from time to
"I am now living in North Central Florida
and am Corporate Chief Engineer for a small broadcast company
as well as being Program Director for Gainesville's Smooth Jazz
"I have always said that I am blessed
to be able to pursue my hobby as a career because you can get
paid for it!"
"I truly enjoyed my years working in Tampa
Bay. As I look over the list of people Tedd has assembled, I get
a little overwhelmed knowing that I have worked with a ton of
wonderful folks over the years. There are a lot of great people
on that roster!"