My family relocated to Oklahoma when I was two years old. At the early age of 5, I began playing ‘disc jockey’ spinning records in my room.
When I was in high school, I started my own business – a mobile D.J. for school dances.
I began my radio career at the age of 14 as a part-time disc jockey for a Top 40 AM radio station, KSWO 1380, in Lawton. While going through college, I worked at KGOU in Norman and KLAW 101 in Lawton.
Attaining my B.A. degree in Journalism and a M.A. degree in Communications from the University of Oklahoma, I became the News Director for KSWO Radio in 1985 and a News Reporter for KSWO-TV in Lawton. As a TV reporter for five years, I covered crime, military, city government and general assignments. I was recognized by the Associated Press and United Press International and received awards including outstanding news coverage, best general reporting, spot news reporting and general reporting.
In 1991, I accepted a management position as the Program Director for KCCU public radio and as an instructor for Cameron University’s Communication Department in Lawton. My duties at KCCU included overseeing the daily operation of seven radio stations.
- Lawton, OK (KCCU 89.3 & 102.9)
- Ardmore, OK (KLCU 90.3)
- Clinton, OK (KYCU 89.1)
- Chickasha, OK (KCCU 100.1)
- Altus, OK (KOCU 90.1)
- Wichita Falls, TX (KMCU 88.7).
In 2007, my wife and I moved to Erie, PA where she enrolled in medical school at LECOM. I was hired at Mercyhurst University to manage the school’s radio station WMCE 88.5 JAZZ FM.
Among my duties, I was responsible for the station’s bi-annual membership drive, on-air promotions, and web page.
In 2011, I accepted the increase responsibility of Co-Chair of the Communication Department. As an instructor, I taught New Media, Media Management, Professional Development, Business and Professional Communication, Fundamentals of Speech, Broadcast Announcing, Advance Audio Production and supervised the Audio Lab. I also worked with students who were interested in the radio industry as a career, assisting them with resumes and portfolios as well as on-air and production work.