I was told years ago that you don't get into radio. Radio gets into you. How true that's been. After finishing up my brief stint with the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, I decided to hang around the Dayton area. Louisville is home. I've always loved radio and after a couple of jobs at small stations I wound up at WHIO-AM in the news department. That's when the news department consisted of two people. Winston Hoehner and me. After a long hiatus in another career it's good to be back. I'm married to my best friend. We have three grown children and 4 grand kids. Now it's writing, writing and more writing for the Miami Valley Morning News.
Q & A
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up? Louisville, KY
What was your favorite TV show then? Ponderosa
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? Garbage man. Thought it was cool to hang off the side of a moving truck.
How might someone have described you in high school? Geek
What was your first job? Edited syndicated features for Courier-Journal, Louisville Times magazine section
What was your first job in radio? Part time weekend DJ, daytime country station in Wilmington
What do you like about your job? Opportunity to release pent up creativity
What do you not like about your job?
The work/sleep schedule What might people be surprised to know about you? I narrate the first exhibit people see when they enter the Air Force Museum. The History of the Air Force.
What is the hardest thing you ever did?
Successfully completing Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) professional designation. 10 courses, 20 hours of proctored exams.
What would be a perfect day for you?
Sunny day at a tropical beach.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
Be patient, work hard, be yourself.
If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?
On the air with Carl Day during afternoon drive on April 1st, describing the incredible daytime firewarks at a fictitious park in Dayton, then fielding phone calls from people who wanted to get directions to the park so they could enjoy the fireworks.
Favorite book: Almost anything by Tom Clancy
Favorite food: Filet mignon (medium, please)
Favorite Miami Valley place: Air Force Museum
Favorite movie: Back to the Future
Favorite travel destination: Hawaii
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