When I was a teenager, I listened to a former radio DJ on a motivational cassette tape. In it he re-lived his hey day working at a Top 40 radio station in Kansas City. He started talking really fast — and something clicked in my head. At that very moment, I decided I wanted to be a radio DJ, too.
Now, if I could have known how poorly the industry would fare and just how little radio DJs make, I could have probably saved myself hundreds of thousands of dollars in opportunity loss, that has drained my bank account, and sent me back to college in my early 30s re-train for a new profession. Cest la vie, right?
Along the way I built a few pirate stations, many of which actually did broadcast on air to various college apartment complexes I lived in during my 20s. A few others, especially old ones from high school, never went anywhere except on a cassette. I enjoy listening to them from time to time, so I am putting them online for my convenience. You are welcome to listen, should you desire. But this is mainly for me.
List of non-professional radio projects:
- Z100, the hit music station (2003)
- Pirate 2016: Utah’s Dance Beat
- Open Mike (2004): ‘Janet Jackson’ totally calls the show
- This is why I don’t work for NPR
- Larry at 106
- Playing live disc-jockey on the Q95.9 FM pirate
- Sports radio really loves Pez candies
- Channel 999: A sequel to the Q959fm pirate
- Six hours of Uncle Larry 2.0
- Carson Daly should sue for slander
- The greatest pirate of all was named Larry
- What on earth was BIIF FM?
- Q959fm: My first favorite pirate station (2004)
- EDM: Before we had a name for it