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The Radio Industry is
on the edge of huge
growth if owners,
PD's, managers and
the like will focus on
CONTENT, and knowing
their listeners. This
blog updated as
needed when issues
arise in broadcasting.
My take on anything
from news headlines,
to signs that make no
sense, to whatever
may be on my mind.
stories in today's tech
old technology, it's all
someties praising a
new device or service!
AUGUST 2004-PRESENT: Owner/Manager and Morning Host at
Ionia, MI radio station WION. Bought and restored to the air in
August of 2004. WION is a full-service radio station featuring a
mixture of Classic Rock, "Oldies" and Adult-contemporary music.
We offer a local morning and afternoon show, network news, and
a great 5kw signal for West Central Michigan.! It has been my goal
and dream since entering radio as a career in the mid 1980's to
have my own station. Little did I know it would be 45 miles north of
the station where it all started for me! WION has grown to offer a
larger, improved AM daytime non directional signal, A county-wide
FM signal, and streaming 24/7 of our AM stereo (C-Quam) signal.
We've updated our processing to improve the sound, and have
regular local visits from community members in our studios. Visit
the station website by clicking on the logo to the upper right! Also
co-owner of WGLM AM-FM Greenville/Lakeview, MI (second logo)
APRIL 2002-AUGUST 2004: WCSR, Hillsdale, Michigan. Was
morning show host on local Full-Service AM/FM combo. Local talk,
music, and information format. Directed installation and integration
of new on-air software, and enjoyed the hometown "feel" of this
very special radio station, which truly knows the meaning of
APRIL 2001-JANUARY 2004: WEAX Operations Manager, "88-X"
owned by Tri-State University in Angola, IN. Brought station back
from off-air status. Re-formatted station to "Classic Rock wth New
Music Blocks" to gain audience not only on campus, but in the
community. I (unofficially)Taught students the techniques of radio
production and performance. . I still keep tabs with some of the
students I helped train, and value those friendships.
JANUARY 1993-MAY 2002: WLKI, Angola, IN. Hosted morning
show for 9 years, moved to late afternoon "drive" show as duties
at Tri-State University increased. Instituted and chaired WLKI's
first 6 county-wide food-drives. Organized Angola's "Tree-for All"
with the Parks and Recreation Department to raise money for
replacing vandalized trees in Commons Park. Started monthly
"Community Cafe" series in cooperation with the Steuben County
Community Foundation to publicize the foundation and promote
WLKI. I enjoy extensive on-air phones, and community-minded
I was very honored in 1999 to be awarded the "Elks Distinguished
Citizenship Award" by Angola, Indiana Lodge No. 2398 and the
Grand Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The award
was based on my community involvement via the airwaves. It was
an even "higher" honor to share that award with my co-host,
Brook Steed as the Elks had NEVER given that award to two
people at one time in one year.
JANUARY 1992-APRIL 1993: WCSR Regular Evening program
host in Hillsdale, MI.
AUGUST 1991-JANUARY 1992: WYKX, Escanaba, MI. Program
Director/Afternoon Drive host of 100kw country station.
WITL, Lansing, MI: Regular weekend show 1991, currently on-call
WKHM, Jackson, MI: Evening show host with open phones on
full-service AC formatted station.
WBCK, Battle Creek, MI: Weekend shift while in college, hosting
Sunday Mornings with live news and mid-day/afternoon fill-in
during hosts' vacations. My first "real" radio job, where I begain
paying my dues to the industry...and like most things worthwhile,
you never STOP paying them.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS!
When A listener called to hear a song, and we PLAYED IT without worry of:
format, music scheduling, or categories.
When we talked on the air about things in our community.
When spontaneous conversation was considered entertainment on the air.
When listeners were a PART of what we do, not a "target audience."
When good radio was judged by the audience, not by we "radio people"
..and it showed in their positive reaction to our existence in their community.
When trivia was fun and a great reason for listeners to participate on the air.
When we did SHOWS not SHIFTS.
When radio was who we ARE, not what we DO.
When worrying about our competition was as simple as doing the best WE can do in our own
studios and not watching the station and format across the street or across town.
When radio was a career not a job, and offered personal rewards greater than our paychecks.
CAN IT STILL BE THIS WAY?
YES- But only if WE make the difference.
Dont just read this, digest it...and MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE. WE are the teachers of future radio
and media people. WE are the people our community turns to for information, a smile, and
companionship. Dont let them down.
"A Christmas Carol" 2010 MAB
"Live from the wienermobile!
At WLKI 1990's
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