"Could you please fix my radio,
I think it just needs a tube"!
My cabinet members, Fanny
and Bubbles. Fanny strips them and Bubbles rubs them out.
A good restorer needs a stripper and a rubber to be to
achieve a satisfactory product!!!
This is Sparky! I call him, "2
gun Pete with the red hot seat!" There isn't a space
between his fingers that doesn't have a solder blister.
Even his zipper is soldered shut....
This is Dusty, the Parts Man in
our extensive parts department. We have such a large inventory,
we have to throw alot of it away every Tuesday morning.
When I was a kid I used to lie on
the floor in front of the radio listening to my favorite
shows. My mother would yell at me about being so close to
the speaker and say, “you’re going to go deaf from that
little did mom know that, I would end up ON the radio.
the summer of 55, I got a job as a flunkie in a Desoto-Plymouth
dealership washing cars, dumping trash, and cleaning out
wrecked cars. This very quickly developed into a painter’s
helper because “Mr. Spraygun” was surgically attached to
a barstool down the street. Right after graduation, I became
a full time painter, full time husband, and full time father.
hooked on the radio, I decided to go for it and go to Brown
Institute of Radio Broadcasting and Engineering in Minneapolis.
At least they didn’t have fumes that could knock out the
National Guard in one, paint job. Besides, being on the
air for a living was a job I knew I could survive.
I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that I spent 34 years
on the air in radio and television. I worked in great markets
like Indianapolis, Portland, Seattle, Houston, and Salt
Lake City. I did mornings 6am-10am but what I was doing
was a young man’s game and playing rock and roll isn’t cool
when you’re 55. In 1991, I won the, “Program Director” of
the year and was nominated as Billboard magazines “Personality
of the Year. I loved it but when it was over in 1995, I
walked away and didn’t look back. Now comes the good part:
I’ll quote my girlfriend, “he used to paint cars, then he
was in radio, now he paints radios”. Are there any questions?
the air ....1970
the air 1975...