fills us in on his time in Central Florida Radio.
"My radio career took quite a
few twists and turns over the years. I began my professional career as a weekend
jock at WAMT-AM 1060 in Titusville
in the summer of 1981. During the week, I was working at WUCF-FM
89.9 (originally called "Stereo 90", then "89.9 FM")
while I was a student at UCF. Six months after I started at WAMT,
the format changed to easy listening,
and I left, not only because I wasn’t really in to that format as a young 19
year old kid, but also because I wasn’t in to the commute from Orlando each
In the spring of 1982, I was hired as a weekend producer at WDBO-AM
580, producing the Pat
Flannagan show on Saturday nights. I left there a year later, in early
’83, to work weekend overnights at BJ105, WBJW-FM
. I worked at BJ until the end of college in December 1984. From that
point, I left BJ to go back to WDBO in early ‘85 managing the WDBO Starship, the station’s
mobile broadcast studio. It was definitely not the job I wanted at the time, but
anything to get my foot in the door. I left WDBO three months later to
head back to BJ as a full time jock (mostly overnights). It was during
this time I worked with Terry Ross and Bob Benjamin (Robert
Peterson), both of whom I worked with at WUCF. Bob went on to manage WMFE-FM
90.7 following college. I also worked for a time with Darrell
Hammond, of Saturday Night Live fame, who co-hosted the morning show
during this time.
I was kind of a restless kid during these years, and left BJ nine months
later in late ’85 to work at WWLD-AM
1190, which had recently launched a format aimed at
tourists. One of the station’s founders was Walter
Windsor, the former GM at WFTV. The station went belly up just
five months later, in April 1986, and I was hired not long after as a news
writer at WKIS-AM 740. I thought my
transition into news would be a short-lived one at the time. However, I wound up
working my way up to reporter, producer, and afternoon anchor over a 5-year
period from Susquehanna through Guy Gannett ownership and a
call change to WWNZ-AM 740. For a few years during
my career there, I produced the morning news with Wayne
Trout and Lynn Levine. During
my news career at WKIS/WWNZ, I worked part time as a weekend jock at
"Hot Rockin’ Y106"
(WHLY-FM 106.7), which later changed its
calls to WCAT and became “Y106, the
Cat”). PD Mark McKay led a
CHR powerhouse in the
market in the mid-to-late 80s. I was very lucky to work for him at the time.
Among other shows, I hosted the “Saturday Night All Dedication Party.”
In looking back, it was one of the best radio gigs I had ever had. I loved CHR
and Y106 was “it” in those days.
In 1991, I was let go in a
station mass exodus. During this time, I was working part-time in television
news, which is where I would continue until Wayne Trout hired me
to help produce the morning news in 1992 at the revamped (and newly Paxson-purchased)
WWNZ. I worked there until the end of 1993, when I decided that my career
should be on the television side.
I worked in TV news for the next nine years before transitioning completely out
of broadcasting. Today, I work in
marketing communications for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a health
plan, in the Cincinnati area."