At dawn on June 25, 1950 the armed forces of North Korea crossed the 38th parallel igniting the Korean War; 30 hours later at 1 PM Monday June 26, 1950 I was born in Slap-Out Gully Texas. Growing up in Cedar Bayou Texas I was educated in the booming metropolis of Goose Creek. I got my first radio job in 1964 working weekends at KWBA in Baytown Texas at the ripe old age of 14 and have been hooked on radio ever since. My life long journey through radio has included stops at KIUN in Pecos, KROD and KDBC –TV in El Paso, KOYL AM & FM in Odessa, KTLW in Texas City, KUFO in Galveston, KWIC in Beaumont, and KAFM and KRLD in Dallas. I even spent a short time in the early 70’s working at XEROK-80 a 150,000 watt AM “flamethrower” in Juarez Mexico, on a good day XEROK-80 could be heard from southern Canada to northern Brazil. As fate would have it I landed in Lake Charles in 1976 as part of the original air staff at KGRA NOVA-104 (now KBIU WARM 103.3). At the time I intended to stay in Lake Charles for only about 6 months but fell in love with Southwest Louisiana and never left. After NOVA-104 went away I spent 1980 until 1982 at KLCL in Westlake and joined the staff of KYKZ in April 1982 and ten years later was appointed Program Director of KYKZ in May 1992. In 2006 I was promoted to my current position of operations manager of the Cumulus Media Inc. Lake Charles cluster of stations. I oversee all on air operations, on line streaming and web sites of our six Lake Charles radio stations, plus I am still the program director of KYKZ as well as KAOK, KBIU, KKGB, and KXZZ which as you can imagine keeps me very busy, but my passion remains the time I get to spend with you the listener each day while on the air at KYKZ.
As for my personal life, I am married, my wife Janie and I love living in Moss Bluff. We have two daughters and four grandchildren in Lake Charles, and Merryville. In my free time I enjoy fishing, hunting, boating, reading, and gardening. Then of course there is traveling which next to radio is the real passion of my life.
The one thing I want you to know is how much I appreciate your continued support of KYKZ. I never forget for a moment that it is because of you, the loyal listener that I can make a living doing what I love.