Yeah, I used to work in radio back in the golden age of wireless (the 1980's). That's right, I was a superstar, an object of wild lustful thoughts, and a teen idol to boot. At least that's how I prefer to remember it. Best job I hardly got paid for...
The goal and purpose of this page is to qwell the need for me to "do my radio voice". It is pretty hard to just turn it on and off... unless I am at a monster truck rally on Sunday... Sunday... Sunday!
What you have below are what we in the business refer to as "Airchecks". Some of the files are a bit large so click at your own risk!
WAYY 1150 AM
Chippewa Falls, WI
We were an old school local news and big band station. Spinning the best of the 30's, 40's, 50's, some of the 60's, and the cheesy stuff from the seventies! The music of your life...
- Whoops! There must be a cassette around here somewhere, I will keep looking...
WOLK 1050 AM
Eau Claire, WI
Your basic full service AM from the late 70's and early 80's. Lots of chatter, lots of 'Personality', lots of plates spinning. 'Jim' Drake at the controls of the “Niffy-Ten-Fifty”. We always had something going on, never a dull day.
WDXR 1450 AM
This was another Music of your Life station. But we also did a TON of sports, like local football and baseball coverage and Cardinals baseball and other fun stuff. I worked the Mid-day shift so I heard many many many baseball games. I even had the (good?) fortune of being drafted to do the live radio coverage of the local high school football and baseball teams. Go Blue Tornados!
- So Many Cassettes... So little time. I promise I will clean out my desk and find a sample. The cassette player might be a bigger challenge...
KHFO 98.1 FM
Hard core classic rock. We played 500 songs. Songs that I personally decided were classic rock. When we changed formats, I played a 3 month commercial free music jam... that made for some pretty kick ass sweepers .... 'Your in the middle of a 3 month commercial free music marathon... crank it up so your momma knows your home!' Fun stuff.
This station is now known as WXMX.
WAAW 103.7 FM
This was a start up station, and I was added to the staff to give it that professional punch (whatever that means!). Creepy concoction of album oriented rock with some really weird eclectic track selection. I worked mornings and was there for a couple months... My main memory was that we played a lot of actual vinyl albums, and they skipped... NIGHTMARE! Especially when you are in the restroom getting rid of coffee....
WISM AM 1050
Eau Claire, WI
The Niffy 1050. This station was a real hold over or throw back to the classic 'boss radio' stations of the 70's and early 80's with all the 'too cool' puker jocks that talked over the music. What made it even more of a throw-back (or an artifact) was that it was an AM station that was still playing music. And the DJ's were seldom penalized for breaking the format, so you could really make the show your own. Hell, we actually played records! All in all, I was glad that I was able to work in this environment, because it is long gone now, replaced by cue card reading computers.
WMAD 92.1 FM
What can I say?
This was a totally awesome radio station. Pretty much a pioneer in what is now commonly called the AAA format. We were called Alternative at that time, and we were definitely alternative... most of the people that worked there did so out of a true love of radio and what we were doing, cuz god knows the payroll checks bounced often enough!
Anyway, I was the voice of the station promotions, liners, and sweepers. So what we have here are some examples of concerts we sponsored and other promos that we ran. It should give you some idea of the stuff we were up to in the late 80's and early 90's. Enjoy...
WJJO 94.1 FM
Actually a bit more refined attempt at the Adult Contemporary format. A little bit less hard then what we did on WMAD. The approach was more to take a classic rock/adult contemporary station and sprinkle in some new stuff. The kind of station that you could leave on at work and not offend your people, but would not put you right to sleep. Challenging. Which is why this station is now the hard rocker that it is....
I used to have an internet radio station, but what is the point really? There are so many options for everyone. Now I just concentrate on keeping my music collection well curated and finding cool new stuff. Here are some samples:
- Howard's Yacht Rock Spotify Playlist
Picture yourself on your yacht in 1982. This is the smooth left-coast soundtrack of your super cool life. “Won't you pour me a Cuban Breeze, Gretchen?”
- 2017 Discoveries
Always on the lookout for cool new tunes, here are some things I found so far this year.
- 2016 Discoveries
Some sweet new tunes I discovered in 2016.
You could always just chill...