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My grandparents had a floor-model Philco radio, which I enjoyed listening to. There was an AM Radio band and some Shortwave bands. In the back of the radio cabinet was an antenna that could be moved so a distant station could be heard better.
Messing around with that radio piqued my interest, and I have had a lifelong journey with broadcasting.
When I was about 16 years of age I would hang out at a local radio station. I learned a lot by watching and asking questions. The DJ was a patient man who enjoyed the company. The music was what has been termed as, Elevator Music. So, there wasn't much excitement to the genre and the "hourly play clock" determined when you could play a female vocalist, a male vocalist, group vocals, and instrumentals as well as inserting the "spot announcements." It was difficult learning, but great training for later.
While hanging out at the radio station in Kenton, Ohio, the DJ asked if I had ever done an audition tape to send to a potential employer. I hadn't, so he set me up with a tape recorder, gave me some coaching, and I made my first audition tape.
I sent the tape to WEEC, a Christian FM station in my hometown, Springfield, Ohiuo. A few days later I received a letter and my audition tape. The letter said that I should get rid of my Southern Ohio accent before they would consider me. I thought to myself, "I'm in Southern Ohio!" In those days an on-air person was not supposed to have an accent or any type. Well, that was but a good lesson to move forward, disappointing, but what I needed.
i would go on to work at various radio stations in a variety of positions. I always enjoyed an air shift, but sometimes I worked in continuity, production, or, News which was my favorite. In the 1980s I did Traffic Reporting in Dallas, Texas which was most rewarding.
With the introduction of the Internet and the reduction of AM Radio in the USA, we are now able to broadcast a complete radio station or, TV station via the Internet. FaithPoints Broadcasting Network currently operates two radio stations, WFPR-DB Greensburg, Indiana, and WLFP-DB West Liberty, Ohio. It's a big challenge, but one that I enjoy, and I hope you will enjoy the Faith-filled Music and Word we offer.