The Radio Bug
It would be safe to say I still have the radio bug in me. 0ne of the original reasons I got into radio broadcasting was because I was annoyed at hearing a song and not knowing the name of it or who the artist was. I kid you not – that was one of my main motivations. In 1979-1980 I was an aspiring radio announcer at the Plattsburgh State University College radio station called WPLT (different now). I spent some time on that Campus perfecting my craft, and after a while I decided that an actual job in radio was what I was after. If I recall, it was in April 1980 that Gordie Little at WIRY 1340am must have seen something in me, and I was hired at WIRY. This was a pretty awesome thing for me, as Gordie’s guidance was the catalyst that kept me going in radio for a very long time after I had left Plattsburgh. The man was a gem, the purest human being you’d ever want to meet. His style of radio inspired me. The way he communicated with everyone, on and off the radio, was inspiring and formed the basis of how I went from radio into sales, and how I still communicate with people on a daily basis.
I stayed at WIRY in Plattsburgh, NY USA until sometime in 1981 when I had desires to check out nearby markets, namely Burlington, Vermont. For a while I was employed at WJOY 1230am, and made some good friends there. In Burlington I did a few stints on the University of Vermont campus station, WRUV, just because I could. In 1983 I decided that another move was in order, and moved back across Lake Champlain, but down the lake a bit, into Ticonderoga NY. In Ticonderoga I did some work on two different radio stations, an AM and an FM. That was fun until about 1984 when I found myself down in Glens Falls NY at WWSC 1450am, where a professional by the name of Dave Covey taught me a few things about how radio is done. WWSC was a lot like WIRY in that they were/are both hometown radio stations, broadcasting at 1000 watts of power, in their respective markets. I stayed in the Glens Falls NY radio market until about 1993, having then got into sales.
Once I was in the radio Industry, the radio bug has never left me. There’s just nothing like a tight transition from an upbeat song to a fancy station id or promo and then tight into another upbeat song. I must say I still enjoy the concept of tight music and good programming on AM Radio. You can get that now on XM Satellite Radio, and of course FM. I have heard some pretty poor programming out there – like when I hear a nice upbeat ‘jingle’ into a slow boring piece of music – but I digress.
The Radio bug is why I maintain my Internet Radio Station. Thank you for reading – now back to your regularly scheduled program.