Long, long ago, before there was a “Tin Pan Alley Productions”, I was skinny, and young, and hungry. I was living on couches, riding a motorcycle, and learning how to use two turntables and a microphone to become a “DJ”. I had not yet learned that there was a distinct difference between DJs and “broadcast radio announcers”. I landed my first radio job, working in a tiny frame house (it’s still there, but in TERRIBLE disrepair) next to Leaning Tower of Pizza. The building housed a local non profit radio station called WLPJ. The station was “non profit” in that it ran sponsorships, not commercials, and was run by a guy named Andy Stammat. None of the air staff were paid…We were interning, learning how to make actual radio.
It’s an interesting story, in itself…But today, it’s all about John Timpanelli. John was VERY young, then…If I was 18 or 19, he was 16 or 17, and working very hard to make a career in music. ALL OF US who worked there fondly recall John’s mom, stopping by the station, or calling, to make sure we were playing John’s records on the air.
After all this time, John is still singing, still knocking them dead, locally, and I am still…Well, again…A broadcast announcer. We ran into each other at Chasco Fiesta, this year, and it was nice to catch up.
John has a GREAT Mother’s Day Show on tap for this coming Sunday, and you can get all the details AND tickets by clicking the image below. $25 gets you dinner AND the show! Get on this, John and his crew are nothing if not entertaining!
It’s really exciting that I get to reconnect with so many people that shaped my early broadcasting life! John is just one of many people who shaped my sense of media, and music, entertainment, and local culture.