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Tell us a bit about yourself:
I have been the longtime morning host on WENT. All of that time I've been teamed up with News and Sports Director Tom Roehl. We have a good rapport on the air and for the most part keep people entertained, even when talking about gaseous planets. We even spend time together off the air, playing golf and taking part in "Neighborhood Watch" events with "The Neighbor" and "NASCAR Neighbor."
I've also participated in a number of charity events. Along with Tom I have played in the YMCA and Fulton County Chamber of Commerce golf tournaments. In addition, I have taken part in fundraisers for Cornell Cooperative Extension, proving that "Real Men Can Cook." I was also a "guest waiter" as part of a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society during Breast Cancer Awareness month at the Vintage Cafe in Johnstown. I've also raised money for the Alzheimer Association of Northeastern New York by walking in the annual "Memory Walk." I lost my mother to this dreaded disease, so it's a very important event for me. You can help by sponsoring me in the next walk. Just listen to WENT for details as the event draws near in the spring. I'll be talking about it on the air and how you can participate. In addition, I've also been a guest speaker at the Fulton County Office for Aging's Caregivers Support Group and also have spoken at both the Gloversville and Johnstown Senior Centers.
Away from work, I enjoy playing golf, going to the movies, going to live outdoor concerts and, or course, rooting for my beloved New York Rangers.
(We apologize, Tom wouldn't part with a picture for us. Instead we had to use this uncanny likeness)
Where are you originally from? Saginawcincinnatipittsburghbarnesboro
How did you decide to get into radio? A little voice in my head told me a low-paying job with long, strange hours would make me a stronger person.
Who was your biggest influence in that decision? My parole officer.
What do you like best about working at W E N T? Donuts and bagels! And, of course, the fabulous people who work here!
What do you like to do in your free time? Build storage sheds, paint, mow the lawn, etc.
Who are your favorite sports teams (as if we need to ask)? All Pittsburgh teams.
Who are your favorite entertainers? Styx, Carrot Top, and the program "Who's Line is it Anyway?"
How does it feel to be "Quiz Daddy"? Tingly all over.
If you could travel back in time and meet anyone, who would it be? Oral Roberts' parents to ask them why they named their son "Oral".
What is your goal in life? To be as successful as Steve Savage.
Anything else? I have had a good time working at W E N T. That's why I have been here so long.
Where are you originally from? Northville, NY
How did you decide to get into radio? I was fascinated with radio from age 7 or 8. My interest just intensified from there.
Who was your biggest influence in that decision? Not one individual but all those great personalities of AM radio in the 60's and early 70's.
What do you like best about working at W E N T? Obviously my air shift Monday-Friday. Although, I'm also an Account Executive and that gives me the opportunity to be outside the studio and meet many wonderful people in our community.
What do you like to do in your free time? I'm fortunate to have my mother living with me, so I try to make sure she gets out of the house a little; usually lunch on Saturday. My sister lives nearby so I visit her a lot and my nephew keeps me up to date on the latest video games. I'm also active in my community, where I serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals and I'm active in my church.
What kind of music do you like? My favorite musical artists include a lot of those we play, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and others; I also like some country artists, but I find myself listening to classical quite a lot. (Top Secret: John also likes to rock out to Santana).
Actors, Actresses? I don't have any favorites, when I watch TV, it's usually a talk show and I see only one or two movies a year, usually something my nephew wants to see.
Where are you originally from? Troy, NY
How did you decide to get into radio? I fell in love with "Top 40" AM radio at the age of 12, then found out about everything else there was to listen to, and later realized, after unsuccessful attempts at finishing college that I could make a living doing what I loved.
Who was your biggest influence in that decision? The decision was completely my own. My parents were just relieved I chose something.
What do you like best about working at W E N T? Not surprisingly, the music involvement. Keeping the "current" songs fresh, adding new music, and keeping an eye out for bargains.
What do you like to do in your free time? Surfing the web, doing "family stuff" with my wife and children, biking, reading, movies, my CD collection, and of course, listening to the radio.
Who is your favorite musical artist? Paul McCartney. Actor? Tom Hanks. Actress? Julia Roberts. Sportsteams? NY Mets, and Giants (NFL). Book? No particular author, but I like sports, science fiction and music books the most.
When people have a musical question, they come to you for the answer. How did you learn so much? Initially, from the extensive radio listening, then later from books; especially the Joel Whitburn "chart history" volumes, which are expensive, but worth it.
If you could travel back in time and meet anyone, who would it be? If it didn't alter the future, I'd want to visit a younger version of myself and reassure that insecure and constantly worrying person that everything would be alright in his life.
What is your goal in life? To make my wife and children as happy as they've made me, to be deserving of the love and pride my parents have for me, and to somehow make a positive difference (however small) in the day of at least one listener.
Where are you originally from? Gloversville
How did you decide to get into radio? Worked at my college radio station and I used to listen to West Coast Yankees Games on the radio. Loved music.
Who was your biggest influence in that decision? College teacher who was a director for children's show "ZOOM".
What do you like best about working at W E N T? Filling in for other part-timers. Also the stability and professional attitude of W E N T.
What do you like to do in your free time? Sleep! What free time? I have children. Actually, spend time with my wife Sue and daughters Sarah and Haley. Also, gardening.
Who are your favorite musical artists? The Beatles, The Rolling Stones. Actor? Robert DeNiro. Sports teams? Yankees , Giants (NFL), Bruins, and the Celtics. Singers? Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Book? "Great Expectations".
If you could travel back in time and meet anyone, who would it be? Hank Williams.
What is your goal in life? To raise my children well and retire comfortably.
Anything else? I also own and operate a mobile DJ service called Party Mix with DJ Dave.