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- What was the first concert you ever went to?
Van Halen (After the Fire opening), Mississippi Gulf
Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, Diver Down Tour
July 1982. I was 14 years old, my dad knew I wanted
to go & gave me the money. The morning of the show I
walked the miles down to the Coliseum to purchase my
ticket. That night the band blew my mind and the
first time I ever accidentally rubbed up against a
woman's breast. The night was complete. It was the
most amazing thing I'd ever seen. My ears hurt for
- What was the first album/8track/cassette/cd you
ever bought with your own money?
'Rock and Roll Over' by KISS. Saw KISS on "Paul
Lynde's Halloween Special" in 1976, went out a couple
days later scouring the racks for this new-to-me
band. Discovered their latest 'Rock and Roll Over' on
the racks, snatched it up, took it home. I remember
my dad letting me blast it on the family stereo as we
were getting ready for bed one night. Today, I own
five various vinyl copies of that album with all
- What was the last album/cassette/CD you bought?
'Rising' by Rainbow (Deluxe Edition). Ronnie James
Dio's time with Rainbow is my favorite era of
Rainbow. He was kind enough to sign the first two
Rainbow albums for me in 1998. Wish he was still
around today to do the same for this deluxe edition.
- What's your most treasured possession?
A black & white photograph of my grandmother from the
early '60's. She's no longer with us but she was/is
the most important person in my life and it's my
- Do you have a recurring dream?
If so, what? I used to. It involved Led Zeppelin's
song "Dazed and Confused", my standing in a room of
total darkness except a spotlight shining down on me.
I used to have that dream a lot but haven't had it in
a few years now.
- What's your favorite magazine?
Classic Rock Magazine from the UK. The UK has the
best rock magazines, period! I first discovered
Classic Rock while in an airport in Frankfurt,
Germany while waiting for my flight back to the
States. I saw David Lee Roth staring back at me from
the magazine rack. Being a Diamond Dave fan, I
purchased the magazine for something to read on the
long flight home. Once I got back to BG, I realized I
couldn't get it here, campaigned for some time to get
it in our area. Now it's available at Great Escape
Records & Comics and at Barnes & Noble. I like to
think I had something to do with that. It has
everything I like in a rock magazine; info on bands
I've known & loved for years and all the insight I
need on up and coming acts/future talent.
- What topic do you know more about than most anyone?
I don't know that I know more than anyone else, but I
know a LOT about music. Because it's my life.
Especially in the area of KISS, early Van Halen,
Elvis, and Black Oak Arkansas. KISS because I've been
a fan since 1976; Van Halen because David lee Roth is
the shit; Elvis because he's my all-time favorite;
Black Oak Arkansas not just because I'm a fan of the
band but because I know the band members and consider
- What's the worst thing you ever got in trouble for
Well, that's easy – I only got in trouble once and it
wasn't even my fault (no kidding!). When I was in an
eighth grade art class, one of my paintings went
missing. I questioned a fellow student about it who
had seemed really interested in it. He became very
angry about it and jumped on my back. Just then a
teacher walked in, thought we were fighting and sent
us to the office. I was suspended for a week without
ever throwing a punch or saying a word. I was the
victim; yet I, too, paid a price. The painting was
- What's your favorite thing to do on your day off?
I love going through my personal music archives.
There's nothing like digging out vintage vinyl and
giving it a spin. I also enjoy spending time at my
favorite local record store, The Great Escape Records
and Comics, visiting with friends, and from time to
time I take in a movie or two.
- Why I love working for D93?
We have the best on air staff of any radio station
in South Central Kentucky. Other radio station air
staff know I speak the truth because they've tried
to get on at D93 (you know who you are). Our
management team is perfection. Good people, good work
environment, good listeners.
Program Director and Mid-day
- What's in your pockets right now?
A wallet with no money and a pocket knife. It's a
Case. When you get to be over 40, you can start
acting like you were 14 again. It won't be long and
I'll be carrying around a comb and some nail clippers
like an old man.
- Other than your family, what's your most treasured
Hmmmm. That's hard! I would say guitars and basses.
If the house was burning, I'd grab family photos
first and then all the guitar stuff.
- What music would you have at your funeral?
"Procession" by Queen. That's in my will. Not really.
- Can you recite a line of poetry?
Yes, if that includes song lyrics. I can recite
silly things like Lewis Carroll's 'Jabberwocky."
- What's the first music you ever bought with your own
Iron Butterfly's "Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida." I was seven
or eight years old.
- What's the worst accident you've ever had that left
I've got two great scars with really good stories,
I'm glad you asked! They're both from working in
Haunted Houses when I was in high school. One is
from a machete. One is from a chainsaw. The second
time I got sewed up the Doctor told me that was the
last time he was coming down to the office to sew me
up at midnight on Halloween. I believed him.
- Ford or Chevy?
Well, I grew up in a GM kinda household. Our first
family car I can remember was a '57 Chevy Station
Wagon, Blue on Teal.
- Do you have a recurring dream?
Yes. I've dreamt this dream for so long that I'm not
sure if I still dream it because I always dream it,
or if I dream it because I'm meant to dream it.
Shall I share it? Nah, I'll just wait til I write a
memoir or something.
- What's the worst advice you've ever given someone?
Oh, that's easy. I do that all the time. This might
qualify. Around 1990, I had a good friend at Epic
Records send me some early material from a band he
was considering and he wanted my opinion. I listened
intently for a couple of days to the tape and told
him I don't think they had what it takes. Have you
ever heard of this little band called Pearl Jam?
- What do you like best about D93?
I like the fact that not only will we play the "Hits"
from the band, (which by the way, some record guy
smoking a cigar picked the hits on the album; not the
band) but we'll also play great deeper cuts that give
you a whole lot better feel for the artist. I find
myself cranking it up every day and experiencing
audio bliss just like everybody else!
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