How do I sum up a half century in radio? I grew up in the business because both my mother and father were in New York City radio, then in the 1960’s my family bought three radio stations in the South, where in November 1969 I began my own career, first as Air Talent, then as Program Director.
But I did not want anyone to think I was Program Director because I was the boss’s son, so I left the family business 45 years ago, and became Program Director and Air Talent in various Florida markets, such as Orlando, Melbourne, and Fort Myers, where I also became Creative Services Director and started winning ADDY Awards for my commercials and promos.
Because of that, I started to climb the Major Market ladder to Dayton, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicagoland, then St. Louis before deciding to come back to Florida where I hold down the Afternoon Drive 2pm to 6pm airshift weekdays on Jet 100.7 here in Pensacola.
Some of the awards I picked up along the way include five ADDY Awards, “The Charlie Award”, which was “Best Of Show” in the Florida/Caribbean Regional ADDY Awards, twelve Radio And Production Magazine Awards Of Excellence, one second place “Best Commercial-Large Market” Radio And Production Award, one Achievement In Radio Award, and five Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards from my St. Louis days for excellence in copywriting, producing, and voice acting.
When I am not working at Jet 100.7, you can usually find me sailing aboard my cruising sailboat “Osprey”.