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I've loved music for as long as I can remember. As a boy I often found myself thumbing through my mother's records and staring at the album cover artwork. It's how I developed the biggest crush on Minnie Riperton and Natalie Cole. I later discovered many treasures among her modest collection including original releases of John Coltrane's Blue Train and Lush Life recordings. As a teen, I ventured off into the world of Depeche Mode, The Smiths and The Police, but it was public radio that brought me home to my roots. Listening to the local public radio station in my hometown (Baltimore, MD) provided opportunity for greater music appreciation.
Discovering public radio through my love of music has turned into a 20+ year career in public broadcasting. I started working for my hometown public radio station (WEAA) in 1987 and, after a few years there as Music Director and Program Director, accepted a position at Syracuse University and WAER. It was WAER's dual format of music and NPR news that made me the public radio junkie I am today. One of the more rewarding aspects of my job is working with the talented students that walk through our doors everyday and, after 20+ years, I am fortunate to count many of them among my dearest friends. Most of all I enjoy engaging our listeners, donors and business partners because they get what public radio is all about - a platform that allows us to enlighten, engage and entertain without hype or sensationalism.