According to my ‘late’ Grandmother, I started imitating radio jocks when I was about 4 years old riding in the back seat of the car. I have no recollection of doing that but, as far back as I can remember, I told everyone I wanted to be on the radio. While I was in High School, I worked at the local skating rink and would always get on the mic and imitate the New Orleans radio announcers (Weerd Wayne, Pal Al, Jack Da Whack, Terry Young)
So, after High School and a very promising career in Auto Parts Retail Management (kidding), I decided to go for my dream in radio. I was living in New Orleans and picked up the phone book (remember those?) and called every radio station in the book until someone called me back. It was Terry Hickman at WTIX and he offered me a job board-opping the overnight shift for 5 bucks an hour. We had satellite jocks but the music had to be played locally. It was awesome! After I got comfortable there, I would take the satellite jock off the air, use his name (Shotgun Mark Kelly…sorry dude), and I’d do the breaks live LOL I was horrible but never got caught thankfully.
So, from that first job at WTIX, I just worked my way up through the ranks. (more…)