How did you get your start?  "I first got interested in Radio in Jr. High school.  I was interested in electronics and used to fix old radios that people would give to me.  I originally got into radio on the engineering side but once I got my first chance on the air I was hooked.  Started on the air in my senior year of High School."

What is your favorite or MOST memorable interview?  "I don’t know there’s been so many.  Probably George Strait.  Or Indy car icon A.J. Foyt."

Best part about working in radio?  "I love music and I love COUNTRY MUSIC.  Not many people have a job that they really love."

 If you could do it all over again, with no stipulations/no money involved/ no age limit; what would you be doing? (having to do with your dream job) "Probably doing exactly what I’m doing today.  Most people in the radio industry bounce around from town to town.  I have been lucky to spend my entire career in my hometown doing what I love to do."

Most technological change since you started in radio?  "I’ve seen radio go from the AM Dial to FM Dial to digital.  I’ve played vinyl 45 and 33 rpm records, reel to reel audio tape, cassettes, CD’s to moving to computer hard drive digital music."

 How would you describe your first radio gig?  "My first on air gig was at WWVR, Yes…WWVR the same station that is currently 105.5 The River.  It was 1969 and I was a senior in High School.  The station was religious then.  My job was to engineer the controls for the religious programs and I was the DJ for the Country Music Gospel Jubilee each afternoon at 5pm."

 What artist would we be surprised to find on your iPod? "Frank Sinatra"

Do you have a favorite hobby outside or radio?  "Yes but my hobby is radio also.  I am an Amateur (Ham) Radio operator.  I was first licensed as a Ham operator at the age of 15."

 What advice would you give people new to the business?  "Be youself.  So many new DJ have no personality.  The announce to their listeners instead of talk to them."

What’s the biggest gaffe you’ve made on-air? "Oh there’s been many.  I’ve said things, when I thought the mic was off, that shouldn’t have been on the air."

What’s the most memorable event of your career?  "Being inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.  I was inducted in March of 2011.  A brass plaque with my picture hangs on the wall of the Nashville Convention center."

Name the artist/act (living or dead) you’d love to meet and why?  "Paul McCarney and John Lennon.  Lennon and McCartney has had more influence on modern music that anyone."

If you could be any animal, what would you be?  'A Tiger"

Who would be a "dream guest" to have on your show? "President John F. Kennedy"

 Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?  "Brad Pitt" LOL

 What is one truth that has held constant throughout your career?  "I have tried to be me.  I’m the same in person as I am on the air."

 Would you rather watch a sitcom, a reality show, a police drama, a legal drama, or a medical drama? Or something else? Why?  "Classic movies.  I love movies from the 30’s and 40’s."

 If you were a character on a tv show, which one would you be?  "Wyle E. Coyote"

What would you do if you had a million dollars?  "Buy a radio station."

If someone offered you 50 dollars to sing karaoke on your show, would you do it? "Nope! Can't Sing!"

 

Favorite Songs: 
“Still” by Bill Anderson 
“Come Together” by the Beatles 
“Lifes a Dance” by Garth Brooks

Favorite Movies:
“Live and Let Die” (Roger Moore was the best Bond) 
My Pal Trigger (my childhood hero was Roy Rogers) 
Bonnie and Clyde
The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Favorite Books: 
The Bible 
Any Louis Amour’ western 
Farmer Boy 

Favorite TV Shows:
Fox News with Shepard Smith 
The Beverly Hillbillies 
American Chopper
The Power Block Saturday mornings on Spike TV 
This Old House

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