I began my broadcast career at Brown Institute in Minneapolis and the iconic KDWB, Minneapolis as an intern in 1992. I was fortunate enough to be mentored by Tone. E. Fly who went on to have a 20+ year career in the Twin Cities. Tony had a great grasp of the fundamentals and passed them on to me. Obsessed with trying work my way up the radio market ladder I began my on air career at KKXL in Grand Forks, North Dakota and quickly moved into better shifts and market sizes going to Ocean City, Maryland, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sacramento, California, and then on to Denver, Colorado in 1999. Along the way I gained experience in every area I could including Morning Drive, Production Director, Music Director and Assistant Program Director. When my time came to become a Program Director in 2008 at KQKS I had a wealth of knowledge, experience, and mentorship to rely upon having worked with John Dimick, Bob West, Cat Collins, Coleman Insights, and many more outstanding professionals in our industry. In 2015, after eight years as Program Director of Rhythmic CHR KQKS in Denver, I relocated to Tampa, Florida as Program Director of Mainstream CHR WPOI and was also involved with WSUN, 97X. After one year of great success in the South I received the opportunity to come back to my adopted home of Denver, Colorado and program the legendary KYGO in the Country Format.
All three of the radio stations I have programmed have been nominated for the Marconi Award, winning it with KQKS. I am a two-time winner of the former A.I.R. (Active Industry Research) award for most accurate ears in Rhythm radio. As we move into a new era of radio, The digital aspect of brand extension is becoming more important every day, while at the same time the talent pool seems to be smaller than ever as we compete with talent in the digital space.
I am excited to take part in this panel as we move forward with new ideas to locate tomorrow’s stars.