I visited the city in 1981 with tapes and resumes in hand. When I got an offer from WMCA to be a part-time weekend producer for a whopping $8 an hour, my father told me that I had to do it, warning that I’d always regret it if I didn’t take a shot.
Thankfully, he assured me that he’d help out as long as I needed it – so I had nothing to lose.
Luckily, I was on my own in a few months. The part time job turned full-time. I took over as Producer of The Bob Grant Show just a few weeks after I arrived, and worked with some other radio legends including Barry Gray, Barry Farber, and the Straus Family.
One day while then-Congressman John LeBoutillier on the air with Grant, a call came in for him on the studio line. It was Jim Kerr, morning man at WPLJ, who happened to be a friend of his.
John arranged a meeting and I was eventually hired to produce Jim Kerr & the Morning Crew at WPLJ in New York. All the while, I spent my weekends driving to the east end of Long Island to do weekends on rocker WRCN/Riverhead – playing music for the Hamptons.
After five years in NYC, I headed west to Los Angeles. My first radio stop was with Phil Hendrie’s morning show at KLSX. From there, I headed to KNX-FM to co-host mornings before becoming the Director of Marketing & Promotions after the station changed to an oldies format.