Radio... it's in my blood! As long as I can remember, I wanted to work in radio. Growing up in New York, I would listen to all of the famous "disc jockeys" (if you are under 25, ask your parents what a disc jockey is!). I was fortunate to break into the business, working at the number 1 station on Long Island (WALK-FM) as their overnight announcer (even hosting an all request show at 2 am!). In 1990, I became their traffic reporter. My family and I moved to Atlanta in 2000, where I continued to report on traffic conditions for radio (including here with Paige when we were J93.3) and TV (11Alive).
God was preparing me for a more significant role in this ministry. Ther were a couple of opportunities for me to work here, but it wasn't the right time. The door finally opened in 2010, when I began doing weekends on the air. Then, in October of 2011, God blessed me with the opportunity to join The JOY FM in a full-time capacity. Now, I have the pleasure of working with three remarkable people, Dave, Bill, and Carmen, producing The Morning Cruise weekdays on The JOY FM. Plus, I am part of the news team with Jen Page.
My faith in Christ has always been a significant part of my life. He has used music as a way to touch my heart and has blessed me with the ability to share that with others through leading music worship. I am the worship pastor at Newnan City Church in downtown Newnan and lead the praise band at Peachtree City SDA Church in Sharpsburg.
Family: wife Nancy, daughters Emma, and Maddie
Favorite Bible Verse - Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen.- Ephesians 4:29 (NIRV)
Favorite Christian Artists - Matt Maher, Matthew West, Bethel, Amy Grant, Needtobreathe, Josh Wilson, Rend Collective, and the list goes on... I love them all!
Other musical likes - Barry Manilow, Michael Buble, Billy Joel, Johnny Mathis, Al Jarreau, music from the 50's and 60's
Teams - Diehard New York sports fan- Mets (will root for the Yankees, too!), Jets (support the Giants as well- need to keep my wife happy...), Islanders, Notre Dame. I will root for the Falcons- except when they play the Jets or Giants!
Favorite foods - Pizza (New York style, of course!), lasagna (especially Nancy’s lasagna!), spinach and artichoke dip, coffee (not technically a food, yet part of my food groups!)
Favorite TV Shows - Fraiser, M*A*S*H*, The Odd Couple, The West Wing, The Honeymooners, Emergency, Quincy (love the old shows). Love the home shows on DIY and HGTV (but don't ask me to lift a hammer or saw...)
Favorite Books (other than the Bible) - "Comeback" and "When You Can't Comeback" (both by Dave Dravecky), "Fair Ball" by Bob Costas
Favorite Movies - "Pride of The Yankees" (yes, unusual for a Mets' fan, but I love Lou Gehrig's story), "Mr. Holland's Opus", "The Four Seasons," "The Odd Couple," "The Lego Batman Movie."
Odds and ends
- Always wanted to be a game show host!
- Jerry Williams and I worked together on Long Island!
- Wore ties and carried a briefcase in high school and college (ask Nancy about that!)
- Had the lead in Godspell in my senior year in high school (the best role anyone could play!)
- Survived an emergency landing while flying over Long Island reporting on the traffic! Landed on a high school football field and hit a fence! (Missed the field goal... wide left)