My first radio show was on WMUH (Muhlenberg College) in Allentown PA. When I returned to college in the fall I got involved with WBRS (Brandeis), Waltham MA. Though it was a tiny 40w campus station which still cannot be heard off-campus, the record library was amazing and the staff was completely passionate.
Living in the Boston area during this time afforded me the opportunity to take in lots of live music: Roy Buchanan, Les Paul, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Gil Scott-Heron, Ornette Coleman, Koko Taylor, J.B. Hutto, Matt Murphy, Flo ‘n Eddie and lots of other folks who have long been nudged from my long-term memory.
After 3 years in Cambridge/Boston, I moved to Rochester. As a new transfer student at University of Rochester, I immediately visited the campus radio station, WRUR. My first show on WRUR, The Electric Circus, was a late night show of weird stuff one might listen to late at night. I then moved on to host The Folk Lunch for a couple of years.
After college I worked for WXXI-AM 1370. I produced Fascinatin’ Rhythm, arts feature pieces, and hosted 1370 Jazz Nite. I left AM-1370 in 1991, went back to school, did some other stuff..
I returned to WRUR in 2010 as host of The Tuesday edition of The All Weather Lunch. I’ve also been a member of Sladki Doumi since 1992. The name means “sweet words” in Bulgarian. We sing 100-year-old folk songs from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Croatia about young love, Turkish businessmen and laundry.