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Aside from having worked with many of the legends of Cleveland radio, such as Bill Randle, Carl Reese, Joe Mayer, Larry "The Duker" Morrow, John Lanigan and others, and the great Charlie Tuna during my short stay in LA, I have also been fortunate to have worked with or interviewed a great majority of stars of the rock 'n' roll era literally from A to Z.

I am especially fond of the friendships that have been made over the years with artists such as Paul Anka, Lou Christie, Lesley Gore, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, the O'Jays, the Outsiders, Gene Pitney, Tommy Roe, Bobby Rydell, and Bobby Vee, among others.

Aside from the fun on the air and on stage, I am most proud of having broken a few national hits in my early years as a Music Director. In November of 1968, I introduced the listening radio audience to "Will You Be Staying After Sunday" by the Peppermint Rainbow, which eventually peaked as a Top 40 hit in the spring of 1969. And in August of 1969, I broke "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam, which eventually hit number 1 in December and is now a staple in the group of songs played at practically every sports arena and stadium event. Mercury, the parent company of Steam's Fontana label, acknowledged the accomplishment in writing and with a Gold Record Award presentation.

With the conglomerate mega-mergers and takeovers in the past few years, big market radio seems to be ignoring the listening audience, and it shows with the same limited playlists and generic liners and voicers from city to city. That's why I'm glad to be back in the suburbs, working for local owners who want you to have fun and serve an audience properly with entertaining personality, music, and information.

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