1. What radio personality
influenced you into getting into radio?
Q and A with
By the time I was hired at KQV I was 31 years old so my entrance to radio
at age 14 was not very recent. It came via the encouragement of a long-time
Hollywood announcer Tom Cafferty. He did a C&W show in the mornings
at KXLA under the name Cactus Tom and then ran across Los Angeles and performed
on KFAC the only classical music station of the time, as Thomas Cafferty.
In those days it was common for announcers to buy the air time, provide
the sponsor and produce the programs. Tom's country show aired just before
Ernie Fords program who was at that time a staff announcer. Later,
he would add the "Tennessee". I would sit in the announce booth with
Tom and marvel at how wonderful was SHO BIZ!
2. Which KQV contest or
promotion was your favorite?
I do remember KQV Kawasock's It To You...where we gave away a Kawasaki
each hour for something like 114 hours. The mail bags of postcard entries
filled our reception room. We were also the cause of all the phones
in the Golden Triangle going down when the systems were overloaded by responses
to one of our phone contests. The
company had to threaten us with loosing our phone cababilities if we did
not stop the contest. Then they were forced to give all the stations
a special phone number prefix that would not bleed over into the entire
3. What moment was the
highlight of your time at KQV?
Now my personal highlight at KQV wasn't as Morning Drive... it was in production.
I had originated some commercials for a local appearance of the Broadway
show Hair and the people who owned the show liked them so much that for
the next 5 years I continued to create commercials for them all across
America and Canada. Our studio engineers, Steve Conti and Ken Nixon
presided over the production and dubbing and it wasn't long before we were
turning out about a hundred dubs a week for Hair, Godspell and others.
Later I was hired to produce and voice spots for Liza, George C. Scott,
Jackie Gleason, Beatlemania, Superstar and many other Broadway shows.
I was fortunate to have a very healthy free-lance career while at KQV and
we all had a warm feeling whenever one of my spots was aired on the competition.
During my tenure at KQV I had upwards of sixty-two freelance clients in
including five car dealers who each knew about the others and told me that
for whatever reason my voice sold their automobiles! Obrien and Gary on
WTAE would often pull five or six of my spots and run them back to back...much
to my dismay! We won a few national awards for our commercials too.
4. Of all the personalities
you worked with at KQV, which one(s) were your favorite(s) to listen to?
We had so many great announcers on staff during my tenure that it would
be difficult to select any single person as a favorite to listen to. Fred
Winston, whom I had worked with in Omaha years earlier is one. Kris
Erik Stevens, also a friend from Omaha (he worked KQV as one of a long
line of Johnny Mitchel's), is another. Chuck Brinkman knew how to
move the younger listeners and did so with style. Jim Quinn brought an
excitment to Pittsburgh's nighttime radio. Perry Marshall was smooth and
confident and had great pipes. It's a disservice to not list just about
every jock who worked KQV between 1967 and 1973. We just flat-out,
did it all with panache!
5. If you had to pick
one hit song you played at KQV, which one did you really hate?
It's impossible for me to include a single song that I disliked or liked...there
were so many on both sides of the ledger. "Shout" was masterful.
I still have a special attraction to Windy as it was popular when I signed
on in '67 and whenever I hear it I have fond memories of my first months
on the air same for Light My Fire and Bridge Over Troubled Water.