IT ALL BEGAN AT A LITTLE 1,000 WATT RADIO STATION IN WESTERN NEW YORK
And in a way, it did. While at SUNY Geneseo working on my Communications degree, I began working the 4:30 pm to sign-off shift at WCJW in Warsaw, NY. A daytime station, "The Heart of Western New York" went dark for the day when the sun went down. In the summer, this could be 8:45 pm. In the winter, I just got there and went back home. Biggest challenge: creating a 15-minute newscast in just 30 minutes in the days of teletypes, cart machines, and razor-blade editing.
After college, I worked in advertising and radio at various agencies and stations, including ICE Communications, Roberts Communications, WCMF and "The New WSAY." In the ad biz, I was a writer and eventually creative supervisor. Radio-wise, I hosted the morning show at WCMF (pre-Wease) and was mid-day host, along with being program director at both stations.
At WCMF with Blaine Schwartz and Bimp the Wonder Panda.
For those with a penchant for nostalgia or a high audio tolerance level, here are two airchecks and a WCMF sales demo tape from back in the day. Click either or all three if you're eating Grape Nuts and have time to kill.
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Dia Stein, middays; Bimp the Wonder Panda, mornings; and Unkle Roger McCall.
This was "The New WSAY," a WHAM clone owned by Lew Dickey, Sr., not the previous Gordon Brown-owned album rocking WSAY.
Many of these memories are actually true. Others may me slightly addled by time, but the gist of what Stephen Colbert calls "the ring of truthiness" is there.
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The Chuck Ingersoll of today, or so he claims.
Looks like he's serious about creativity.
STUFF MY RELATIVES FIND FASCINATING
Or so they say. As we know no one likes to read anymore, here's a brief bulleted bio of selected highlights with no claim on comprehensiveness
or chronological order, but sporting a modicum
With Fred Wesley of James Brown's JBs fame.
On Sunday nights at 9 pm (ET) on Jazz 90.1 in Rochester, I host the Soul Jazz Spectrum. It's one hour where the groove survives and thrives, featuring Grant Green to Greyboy, Soulive to Jimmy Smith. There's a heavy Hammond B3 component, but if it's in the pocket, chances are I'll play it.