I’ve been in love with rock n’ roll since not long after the British Invasion of the mid 60’s began. I would listen to the legendary WCFL radio out of Chicago and top 40 stations from Dayton and Cincinnati, and that got my love of music started.
My first job in radio began in high school when I would call in sports reports that would run on a station in Middletown, Ohio. It was also my first paying job (not much, but my first professional radio gig), and I really thought about pursuing sports broadcasting. When I moved on to college though, I found my niche, because although my first school did not have a radio course of study, they did had a radio station. That’s where “the Bear” was born (the nickname came from my style of playing pinball).
I transfered to the University of Cincinnati, got my degree and came to the Valley in 1979. My first big radio job was at WCPI in Wheeling where we were young and wild but didn’t make money and so we all got fired in the fall of 1980. The experience soured me so much that I went with my other love (live music) for several years and worked as a lighting and sound engineer for several popular area bands in the early 80’s. But after getting married in 1983 my wife said, “Are you going to let one bad experience chase you from radio, get back in the game!” It was then that I signed on at WOMP-FM and was a part of Valley radio history through the mid and late 80’s. We were one of the top 20 highest rated radio stations in the entire country for 3 years running! I next landed a job at Rocky 103 in Steubenville. That became a 13 year long stop including 9 years of playing country music. I was downsized in a corporate move in 2004 and thought that maybe that was it for radio.
Then along came 106.3 The River and I was back to playing the music of MY LIFE and loving it!! There’s a reason we call them “Classic Hits” because they ARE! Music is still one of the dominant loves of my life, along with my family which includes two adorable Shih Tzus, a Poodle/Maltese mix named “Jammer”, and numerous kitties. Plus I’m in my sixth season as the announcer for our local roller derby queens, the Ohio Valley Roller Girls, and I also had the great honor the past two years to announce at a couple of the international derby tournaments which are held to determine the roller derby champion of the world for that year. And you can now wake up with me, weekday mornings beginning at 6am on The River!