Before the voiceover career, I stumbled into a radio station in North Carolina, and made myself at home. I later found out it was called 'The Home of Rock and Roll'.
So the address was long. The stay was even longer.
The station was WRDU 106, in Raleigh. I was coming off a tour of duty with the military, and thought about continuing my photojournalism career as a news reporter in radio. As things turned out, I ended up as a rock jock.
Those were the days. Rolling Stone Magazine voted us one of the top radio stations in the US. The Monsters of Rock Tour was in full swing. And everyone wanted to see U2 on the Joshua Tree tour.
For radio historians, WQDR, the first legendary rocker in the triangle (brought in by Lee Abrams (founding partner of Burkhart/Abrams, the radio consulting giant) switched and changed their format to country in 1984. Which turned out to be the beginning of a new rock station - WRDU 106.
So fast forward to the radio reunion in Raleigh in September. All jocks (ahem, 'air personalities') who worked at Raleigh Durham radio stations will be there. 96 rock (the new rock station in town) - is tying in this local rock and roll radio reunion with a live broadcast the same weekend from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, benefiting the museum in Cleveland and The John Entwistle Foundation.
The local music scene in Raleigh was heard on the airwaves of WRDU and WQDR. If you want to hear what the 80's sounded like in Raleigh and in Durham, check out Comboland Radio. For more, check out 'Return to Comboland', telling the history of what made local music rock in Raleigh.
Radio reunions are good. We can only hope to hear endless celebrations of "you haven't changed a bit!" both before and after the marshall stacks roll on stage.