My Radio Background

I’ve been on the air in many different capacities since 1988. During my first five years I worked mostly as a DJ playing alternative rock, country and pop music. After an eye-opening internship at C-SPAN in Washington, DC, I made the transition to news, working as an anchor and reporter for several radio stations and networks around the country. I have also written for newspapers and wire services. After 12 years in Miami, I returned to my hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas in 2009 to work for NPR station KUAR-FM-89.1, where today I’m news director. For each listing below you can click on the logo to read a detailed description of experiences in each position, see photos and listen to audio of some of my more noteworthy broadcasts.

I spent nearly six years with the Miami Herald’s radio department, which provides all local news for NPR station WLRN-FM 91.3. I started in August 2003 as a morning news anchor and reporter. I also periodically wrote stories for the newspaper. I would later be promoted to department editor, then assistant news director, overseeing assignments, editing copy from our reporters and working with print reporters to produce radio versions of their stories.

Miami-based reporter heard nationwide on CBS Radio News and the Westwood One program America In The Morning. I traveled throughout the region covering stories of national interest. When the story was big enough or events were breaking, I would broadcast live on CBS hourly newscasts and special reports. Among the stories I covered were the 2000 presidential election, an anthrax attack and Florida’s connection to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Reporter and anchor starting in March 1998 for WIOD, Newsradio 610 in Miami. Much of that time was spent working as a street reporter, running from one story to the next, filing reports via cell phone. I covered several big stories, including the international custody fight over Elian Gonzalez and a trial stemming from the 1996 Valujet crash.

Traffic reporter for radio and TV stations. I started in March 1997 at the Richmond, Virginia office, working as a morning producer and midday traffic anchor. I later transferred to the Miami office, where I worked morning and afternoon drive reporting for WSVN-TV and several radio stations, including then number one-rated WEDR, 99 Jams.

Afternoon drive news anchor starting in January 1997 for the Virginia News Network, which was heard across the state on 55 affiliate stations. I was also the Friday evening news anchor for the 50,000-watt flagship station WRVA, Newsradio 1140, which was Richmond’s top-rated news station.

Free-lance writer and photographer, preparing hard news and feature articles for this bi-weekly alternative newspaper in Little Rock, Arkansas. I wrote two cover stories, as well as CD, concert and book reviews.

As part of an independent study class in 1995 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, I hosted a weekly half-hour interview program on this NPR station. Later that year I began working there, hosting jazz and classical programs and frequently filling in as a news anchor. In 2009 I returned to the station, where today I’m news director.

Starting in May 1993, I worked as a news anchor and reporter for the Little Rock news station and the Arkansas Radio Network, which had 65 affiliates statewide. Here I learned how to put newscasts together, report, cover stories in the field and I started filing for CBS News. For a time I served as Morning Editor and later became Promotions Director.

I spent five months in 1993 as an intern in Washington, DC, helping to produce the weekly public radio program “C-SPAN’s Weekly Radio Journal,” which was a look back at the week in politics based on the network’s coverage. It proved to be an invaluable learning experience that redirected me toward news.

Overnight DJ starting in October 1991 at this hard-edged pop station in the college town of Jonesboro, Arkansas. The powerful signal could be heard in parts of five states. But the first steps of deregulation led to a new owner, a watered-down format and gave me a preview of what was to come with radio consolidation.

Even though it was another small town station, K-105 was professionally run, carefully programmed and actively involved in its community. I started out as a weekend part-timer, eventually becoming the full-time evening DJ for this soft rock station in Paragould, Arkansas. I also handled some commercial production.

DJ at this AM-FM country music station in England, Arkansas, just outside of Little Rock. I started as a weekend part-timer in August 1989, working my way up to full-time evening personality.

This was my first real radio job in 1989, playing country music at this small town AM station in Benton, Arkansas. But financial troubles at KBBA gave me a harsh introduction to this business.

Volunteer host of a weekly alternative rock program from 1988 to 1995 on this powerful community radio station in Little Rock, Arkansas. The station kind of spoiled me because I’ve never had that kind of freedom since to play what I wanted and have friends on the air with me. I also served as a news volunteer, getting my first news experience.

I developed an interest in radio before even starting elementary school. As I grew older, a love of music solidified my desire to be on the air. A high school radio class taught me enough to get my first job and begin getting some real experience. A couple of mentors were also extremely helpful in getting me started.