09Mar/15

Enjoying Life with Gabriella D'Agostino

1402948_667152834050_953458128_oI got into radio on accident. I was 19, going to school at Cal State Monterey when I met Jason LaChance. Jason (at the time) was on X103.9 the ALT station in Monterey. We started talking about bands, music, etc… I mentioned Sevendust & from there, Jason & I were family. I went into the station one day upon an invite from Jason, I did a little banter on the air with him. We did that almost daily. They gave me a new music show because since the beginning, all I’ve ever wanted to do is, help bands.  I ended up interning for 6 months & when Jason went to KBRE in Merced, I took over Mid Days. From there, we go on a wild ride known as “the record industry.” My favorite part is when people look at how many places I’ve worked, I’m only 31, and then they ask “Why so many moves?” well… let me tell you… (more…)

23Feb/15

In the studio with Cindy Miller

cindy in the studioBefore I stumbled into radio, I worked in a tropical fish warehouse, was a sports reporter for a newspaper, did a stint in retail, tended bar and played at being a club DJ. Nothing was quite the right fit, so when a friend said “you have a big mouth and you love music, you should work in radio”, I figured, why not? (Dad said he’d pay for me to either get married or go to school, which explains why my fiancé and I are now combing through the couch cushions looking for change for our big shindig this year.) Anywhoodles, after taking the course at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and many nights carrying doughnut bribes to the overnight guy at a station in Tampa who let me run his board (I thought he was doing me a favor, in hindsight, maybe he was just lazy and looking for someone to do his job for him), I finally returned to my home state of Michigan and got my first radio gig at my hometown station. I owe that first job to my mom, who was a super P1 and called the station to ask if they’d hire me – thanks mom! After some time on the AM Classic Country station and the sister rocker, I got the APD/morning gig at WWBN in Flint (the mighty Banana!), then took my first PD job at WABX in Evansville, moved on to be the PD at WBYR, WOTT and now at WSFL and WXNR in Eastern NC. I do not miss the snow. Nope, not at all. (more…)

20Nov/14

Turning It Up To 11 with Frank Mastalerz

frankmastalerz copyA Bio on a promoter… Hmmmm…. Well here goes nothin. I started over 20 years ago booking shows for my cousin’s band in and around Chicago. It was an original project and I ran them through all of the popular venues throughout Chicagoland. Those simple times really carved out the basics for working with venues, the marketing that was associated with them and the makeup of each particular location they played.  I met lots of really interesting people, found out who really made the music scene tic and started to create my own footprint in the music world. (more…)

22Jul/14

Going Artie Fufkin with Jeff Laufer and Rock Bands of LA

Jeff LauferJefferson A. Laufer is a second-generation native to Los Angeles, the music capitol of the world. He is the chief journalist for Rock Bands of LA. This has been a long laborious under taking yet it’s been a labor of love and devotion for Jeff…..

I was fortunate to work in the record business for over 27 years. Within these 27 years I was fortunate to work with many artist that altered social culture. My job entailed getting records played on the radio. It was considered that the more radio airplay you accumulated the more records you’d sell. Unfortunately it did not always work that way. The public is fickle and never follows the norm. (more…)

09Jul/14

Talkin' Radio with Kaytie the Rock Goddess at WOBG

Kaytie HeadshotHmmmmm… a bio you want. Let’s see. I talk a lot, I love music and I’m not a model… so radio just seemed to fit. Plus, I’m a total douche and not afraid to make fun of myself… and I usually laugh when people make fun of me.

In all honesty, my start in radio was a happy accident. I was going to school at WVU for Journalism and heard an add on WCLG-FM for part timers. I went on the website and saw ‘Program Director Jeff Miller.’ That seemed like an important title so I sent Jeff an email and set up an interview. A week later I was doing my first live weekend shift. Within the year, I began voicetracking the overnights and took over the local music show. A few months later, one of our morning show jocks left so I slid into her position. Seven months later, the decision was made to syndicate the mornings with Lex and Terry, so I was moved to the nights where I stayed for 6 years. (more…)

16Jun/14

'From Black To Light' with Steve Black

Steve Black Inside Back Cover2014 marks my 25th year in radio at a number of positions, mainly in Detroit. For seventeen of those years, I have been involved in programming to some degree. Among the many benchmarks of my career you’ll find the 2004 launching of my Syndication business which currently operates four shows; The Chop Shop, Chop Shop Classic, Classic Rock Live and The Core. I hold the title of Operations Manager and Program Director for all of them while also hosting both versions of the Chop Shop. In total I have written and produced more than 1,100 shows and specials in syndication that have aired on more than 170 radio stations across the United States.  In that capacity, I have conducted more than 1,050 interviews with a variety of bands and musicians. In 2014 I started a sports talk Pod-Cast with another beloved Detroit radio and TV personality; Sean Baligian. Baligian and Black is updated weekly on our website and on iTunes. I’m also an author, releasing the 2013 book From Black to Light and a beloved Detroit personality remembered for my time at the legendary Z-Rock, and as co-host of the Ted Nugent Morning Show. Along the way I’ve also worked to raise more than $200,000 dollars for Detroit based charities and am currently sitting on the Board of Directors at Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit. (more…)

12May/14

Off-center with Gonzo

GonzoA 15 year radio veteran whose off-center viewpoints, passion for the music and artists, and ability to make you laugh your ass off, hosts the afternoon show.  Gonzo has been instrumental in the careers of numerous artists played on rock stations across the nation. He is as local as they come, having graduated from a local high school in Okaloosa County, and after college began his radio career here in FWB before leaving and successfully programming premiere rock stations in the Southeast while hosting Afternoon Drive & Mornings in Knoxville, Tallahassee, and now back on Florida’s Emerald Coast with 103.1 The Blaze (WZLB.) (more…)

30Apr/14

Lovin' Radio with Manic Hispanic

Manic HispanicBorn and raised just outside Chicago. I’m a simple Midwestern boy!  I discovered my love for music when my dad hid his guitar behind the bedroom door said “Don’t Touch That”! I joined my first band before I could play anything. (I was allowed to join because my dad had equipment!) I’ve played in LOTs of bands, and even had a CD released. (produced by Jon Oliva and Steve Whacholz of Metal Legends Savatage) Radio was a way for me to almost have an actual job and still be around music. I’m not too well traveled as I’ve spent most of my time in the Midwest before moving to the east coast. I’ve had the fortune to work at some killer Rock stations, WILL in Kenosha, WQFM in Milwaukee and WXRX in Rockford.  (more…)

24Mar/14

"Fuck Cancer" with Mugs McGuinness

fxckcancer_imageInterview by Mark Abramson

The F C Cancer Foundation’s mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and to educate about early cancer detection, ultimately putting an end to late stage cancer diagnosis. Through our DYIN 2 LIVE (Wish-Granting/Dream) program, we look to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring joy, hope, inspiration, and courage to their lives. In doing this, the program hopes it can help give the patient a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day what they are battling. We hope it can be used as a source of inspiration to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour.

“Fuck Cancer” was started in Huntington Beach, California by Brandon McGuinness after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2005. He was an avid surfer, skater, snowboarder, and loved by everyone who knew him. Brandon lost his life to cancer in 2007 at the very young age of 26 years old. He started the Fuck Cancer in order to help victims and their families battle this terrible disease. FxCK CANCER helps to fund the F C Cancer Foundation which is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization with proceeds going towards raising awareness, education of early cancer detection, and helping victims along with their families deal with this on going epidemic through the DYIN 2 LIVE program. Join us in our fight! (more…)
03Mar/14

Hangin' in Wyoming with Donny Rood

donnyrood-ffdpGrowing up in rural Wyoming, Donny Rood found a romance with radio at a very early age:
    Isolated, I could physically escape and feed my need to explore, and when my mind wanted to escape I could just turn on the radio.  At night, when AM travels further, listening to stations in Oklahoma City, Denver, and even KFI in Los Angeles, I was projected to those cities … and it was exciting, it was alive!  I was satisfied just listening to 92.7 KZQL in nearby Rawlins, knowing there was activity and life, and that I could listen to it in real time, literally took me to town when I couldn’t get there myself.  When dark, I could watch the tower beacon flash 12 miles away from my bedroom window, knowing all that hustle and bustle I heard through my speakers happened just below it in the glow of the town on the horizon, I could imagine it all because the radio described it to me.  In August of 1988, finally old enough and after 2 years trying constantly, I got my first radio gig on KRAL/KIQZ and I was the one talking over that beacon! (more…)