What was your first radio job? Midnight to 6am KARR Great Falls Montana (It's now off the air and houses a farm equipment business).
What was the first album you purchased? In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly.
What was your first concert? Grand Funk Railroad, Iggy Pop and the Stooges and Ted Nugent with the Amboy Dukes.
What's your proudest moment? Birth of my Daughter Kelsy.
What's your favorite aspect of radio? Having a creative outlet.
What do you like least about radio? The smell of burnt coffee when someone leaves the pot on all night.
What was your most embarrassing on-air moment? The Night I was supposed to Introduce Don McLean (American Pie). For some reason as I walked center stage....Don followed me, took the microphone first and began playing! There we were in the spotlight...Don McLean and ME (standing there like a back up singer who forgot the lyrics).
What's your favorite thing about living in Portland? Climate, Mountains, Ocean, Micro-Brew (not necessarily in that order).
Who are your favorite writers? Not a big reader...Rolling Stone Magazine and the back of the cereal box during breakfast.
What is your greatest fear? Like everyone...I have fears, but by mentioning them, I give them strength...so I'll pass.
Which living person do you most admire? My Brother Dean.
What is your most marked characteristic? I can only speculate...but I hope it is the fact that I can be relied on.
What is your most treasured possession? My health.
What is your motto? Live in the Moment..Be Here Now.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Financial wealth.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Passing the test for my First Class Broadcasting License (Now it's not even required.....How is that Fair).
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A professional surfer.
What characteristic do you most admire in other people? Humility.
What characteristic do you least like in other people? Egotism.
Which talent would you most like to have? I would like to be able to hypnotize people.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I am a bit of a perfectionist...it sometimes gets in my way.
What is your greatest regret? I had tickets to see Nirvana at Portland Meadows and didn't go because I was tired. Also never seeing Jimi Hendrix perform live.
What is the most surprising thing about you? If I weren't in Radio....I would want to be an Accountant. No better feeling than a balanced checkbook. I will stay up until 3AM to track down a penny (see two questions above).
What is your idea of happiness? Fully living each and every moment.
If you could have a conversation with one person - dead or alive - who would it be? Tom Donahue....The founder of the first underground FM Rock Radio Station in San Francisco back in 1967.
My parents used to have one of those old Stereo Hi-Fi Consoles, back in the days when they were more furniture than anything else. They would stack the albums on the spindle and lean the covers up against the stereo, advertising to anyone in the room the great music that was about to be shared. There was one album cover that never failed to catch my eye. It was called "Drumsville"
I am a drummer. I've gone from garbage cans in the back yard to Grade School Marching bands toting snare drums that were bigger than me. My teen years are highlighted with memories of Drum Solos at Jr. High sock hops and the thrill of hopefully impressing the girl that happened by the garage on practice day.
After High School, I hit the road with my buddies to live the rock and roll Dream! Suprisingly, living in my old blue Econoline van, playing dive bars in small Midwestern towns got old after about a year and the sobering realities of life as a musician began to alter my course.
That is when I discovered radio. If I couldn't make a living performing music, at least I could live vicariously through those that were by playing their records. My travels have taken me from Montana to Iowa. I developed a taste for Gumbo working at a radio station in Janis Joplin's hometown of Port Arthur Texas. Being on the air in Seattle turned me into a coffee snob and the need to settle down with my family brought me to Portland. I have been a member of the KINK family since 2000.
By the way…I am still a drummer. I just play in a band on the weekends and air drum in the studio the rest of the time.