I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio which makes me a true “native Daytonian!” I graduated from Patterson Co-op High School and became an Air Force Reservist just out of High School. In 1978, I was sworn in as a police officer for the Dayton Police Department. After several years as a patrol officer I was assigned to the Investigations Division as a Detective.
In 1984 I became the afternoon traffic reporter on 1290 WHIO in addition to my full time duties as a Detective. I held many different positions in the Police Department over a 25 year career, including Crime Stoppers, Public Information Officer, Missing Juveniles Investigator, and Supervisor of the Police Communications Bureau.
I retired from the Police Department as a Sergeant in 2004 and became full time Traffic Reporter for WHIO Radio. I also report traffic for NewsCenter 7 Daybreak, K 99.1 FM Breakfast Club, and 95.3 The Eagle. I do 100 traffic reports every day!
I am married to the former Maxine Nugent of Dayton. We have two children, Amy (Dewey) and John, and a grandson, Braxton. I have two cats, KC and Little Kitty. My parents, my two sisters and their families all live in the Dayton area.
Q & A
Where were you born? Dayton, Ohio
Where did you grow up? Dayton, Ohio
What was your favorite TV show then? Combat
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? Police Officer
How might someone have described you in high school? Good personality, funny
What was your first job? Delivering the Shopping News
What was your first job in radio? Airscout
What do you like about your job? The fact that so many people depend on me to help get to their destination.
What do you not like about your job? Working a split shift
What might people be surprised to know about you? I sing and play a number of instruments
What is the hardest thing you ever did? Attend the funerals of fellow officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
What would be a perfect day for you? Any place where I have a great book to read.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
Be willing to change with the times. Watch and learn as much as you can from others in the business. Gain as much experience as you can in as many areas as you can.
If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?
My airborne reports describing the Miamisburg train derailment in 1985. Also my airborne reports describing the damage from an F4 tornado in Xenia, Ohio in September 2000.
Favorite book: Moneyball
Favorite radio program: Morning News on WHIO
Favorite dream car: Viper
Favorite food: Chinese
Favorite hobby: Playing Music
Favorite Miami Valley place: RiverScape
Favorite movie: Dirty Harry
Favorite music: Classical, Rock, Southern Gospel, and everything in between!