I started working at the La Crosse Radio Group in March of 1994. My Grandma, Helen Hoskins
was the one who pushed for Pat Smith to hire me, when I moved up here from Texas. She used to remind me often that she got the job for me, which was a hoot to see her give me that sly smile over her glass of beer!
About a year or so later, I was paired up with John and we've been doing mornings together ever since. I love this job, mostly because no day is ever the same.
I have two older brothers who live in the area as well--Jeff & Tim
, who both live in the area. I'm proud to say we've always been very close, which seems like such a rare thing with siblings these days. They both have wonderful kids, who are endless sources of funny stories and great artwork
In the late 90's, I obtained my pilot's license
. It was always a dream to accomplish. I'd like to become instrument rated...but like most everyone else, time & money are always factors that impede progress on dreams. I'll get it done eventually. I'm just one lottery ticket away from it!
During the summer, you'll likely find me at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway or any other race tracks in the Midwest for special events, as I love motorsports and racing!
I was born in Salem, OR, and my folks moved to La Crosse when I was still a toddler. Mom was from here and my Dad was born and raised in Philadelphia. When I was a kid, I would sit in my room with a radio that had a built in cassette recorder. I would tape songs off the radio, stop the tape, and then do my own DJ thing. You know, intro the tunes, give weather reports, sports stuff, etc. I often think it would be fun to have those tapes! (And don't tell my mom this, but when I was 13 I got my own phone line in my room, and my friends and I used to call people up at random and do "radio contests". We would do trivia questions and tell them they'd won an album or something. Never got caught.) I was on the school station at La Crosse Central (Go Red Raiders!), which is where I graduated from. I did a lot of wedding dances, clubs, etc. but never got a "real" radio job until I was 28.
My wife Debbie and I live in La Crosse with two incredible dogs, Boomer and Ella. Although country music is my thing now, like many of you I grew up on classic rock. It may surprise you to know that I'm a huge "Parrot Head". For those that don't know, that's a fan of the great Jimmy Buffett. Jimmy's THE MAN!
I can't tell you how much it meams to all of us at KICKS 106.3 to have you as a listener. Thanks!