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Long ago, there was this kid who walked into a radio station one day and wanted a job.  He was willing to do anything and settled on an internship figuring that it was a foot in the door, and that at bare minimum, at least he'd be around radio people to go along with all the weekend dances he dj'd at schools or clubs or wherever he could find a place to play his records and tapes.  CD's were just starting to be a "thing".  He wouldn't leave and after a while, they figured if they gave him $6 bucks an hour for handing out bumper stickers after concerts and staying behind and running the music while the real DJ was doing a live broadcast at some appliance store, well, maybe he'd quit begging for food.  That was 1989 and 1990.

 

Flash forward a few years and that intern was the music director of the place and what started out as a world full of Poison and Motley Crue....that had all become things like Alice in Chains, Nirvanna and Soundgarden. It was 1994 and that kid beat a few odds and managed to stay at the radio station he started at with the help of some tremendous mentors and people who believed in him.  He had gotten fairly popular in the area, and in the music industry, he had a friend or two, one of which had two of the biggest names in comedy at the time in Detroit in the morning...and when they Detroit morning shows were done, the mad dash to Grand Rapids was on.

It was a surreal experience to say the very least to not only have these punishingly funny comedians, and movie stars in, but they were genuinely nice guys and they had a lot of fun while we were on the air taking calls and even a small audience of listeners gathered outside the studio window to watch it all go down.  While this is "radio friendly" do keep in mind, that the Jerky Boys were in no way "politically correct" nor was KLQ at the time.  There's nothing overly offensive here, but we'll call it a hard PG-13 rated interview for the listeners sake.  

We didn't have a video camera, we had a tape machine that activated when the mic went on which gave us a "scoped" air check.  But here it is, the time The Jerky Boys came to see Andy at KLQ in 1994.

 

My interview skills needed some work to say the very least.  It was a huge treat to see it all happen that day.  It was a huge treat to to have so many listeners and so many incredible people make this life happen for me.  I don't look back on any of my radio time with a second of regret and the fact that I was given a tool kit through it all to get out and do what I do now for myself, it was more valuable than any college degree I could have ever attained for myself personally.  Hope you enjoyed the stroll down memory lane and let me say this...if you've been along for the ride through all these years, and all these different delivery platforms...thank you ever so humbly for this life you've helped give me.  

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