Hey all! Thanks for stopping by my bio. Thought I should jot down a couple of things about myself so that stopping by is somewhat worth it.
I got into radio when I was 15. I was a Sophomore at Carthage High School when the local radio station called the counselors office looking for someone who was willing to work 3 hours on Sundays. I happened to be the first kid to walk by the counselor's office after the call, so I got the job. It involved putting a CD in a player for one hour then switching it, then repeating the process. Pretty tough stuff.
One Sunday while putting CDs in the CD player, a DJ from the other station in the building decided he wanted to leave early. I was the only other person in the building. He showed me how to turn on the microphone for his station then left. That was my first on air experience.
I would stay with music stations for some time in Carthage then Joplin. I was Nick "Manhattan" on the Joplin airwaves for Kissin' 92.5. It was a stupid air name but I was young. I would end up programming the station. After a number of years I would take a shot at talk radio.
I liked talk radio as long as I had been listening to the radio. After I (and several others) got blown out of our jobs with a format change, I found myself without a job. Across town, there was a talk radio station. I called the General Manager and asked if he would be interested in adding a local show. He said he was, but had no budget to pay anyone.
A couple of hours later I got to thinking. I wasn't making money anyway, so who cares if he can't pay me? I called him back and said I would do it for free. That was the start of my talk radio life.
After about a year I got an offer to program a station and host the morning show in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. A few years later I was on WISN in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, I spent some time with talk radio and others in the news room. I worked with some really great people, but was a bit unfulfilled. I hated doing news. I wanted to do the talk thing all the time. So I began looking.
Just when I was mentally prepared to move to Louisville, Kentucky where a station was looking for a new mid-day host, I got a call about an opening in Springfield, Missouri. In other words....home. And that is how I ended up back home in the Ozarks.
On a personal level, I love movies. I know that seems like a real cliche thing to say, but it is true. I like most genres, except for romance. I also like European soccer and playing PS3 every so often.
That is just about it, I suppose. I know it isn't really exciting, but that is who I am. I also think I am better looking than I actually am.
email Nick Reed