I’m Skeeter…yup, just plain Skeeter, and I’m really excited to be waking up northeast Kansas weekdays from 5:30-10:00 a.m. on Country Legends 106.9! Let me just state for the record, “I LOVE THIS MUSIC!” I’ll try to keep this bio brief, but when you’ve been in radio for as long as I have, there’s quite a bit of ground to cover!
Some of my earliest memories are of my Mom putting me down for a nap when I was around 3 or 4 years old, with the radio playing softly…probably to cover up the noise from my six older brothers in the house! Most of the time, our radios were tuned to the most popular radio station in town then, 13/KYNO. The seeds of my future career choices were planted in my sub-conscious mind, as I fell asleep to the great Pop music of the early-to mid-1960’s, along with the enthusiastic presentation by the KYNO “Boss Jocks.” I knew from a very young age that I wanted to do two things in my life more than anything: 1) be one of those “dee-jays,” playing the hits on the radio, and 2) play drums and sing with a band, and maybe someday another dee-jay would be playing my records on the radio!
As fate would have it, just a few short years later, I was a fifth-grader at a school that was right next door to the KYNO studios and offices, so I started hanging out in the lobby of the radio station after school most days, just wanting to catch a glimpse of what went on in there. One day, the man I later learned was the Production Director asked if I would like to put my voice on a commercial he was working on. So, at the age of 10, I cut my first radio spot! Needless to say, my classmates were pretty impressed when they heard it!
By 1980–the year I turned 20 years old–I had gotten to know several people in the radio business in and around the Fresno area, and one of them called me to “fill-in” for him at a station in Hanford, about 40 minutes south of Fresno. The station was KNGS 620 AM, and it was a Country station! This was where I got some of my first part-time, on-air work, and I was happy to work weekends, overnights…any chance to get behind the mic! By this time, I had also been playing as a professional singing Country drummer for a few years, and the two careers complimented each other well: I got to hear the newest Country music, along with the older (“gold”) songs as I played them on the radio; and when it came time to learn them with the band, I already knew them!
My radio career took me from Fresno to Bakersfield (where I worked at a station owned by the legendary Buck Owens). I later moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to try my luck at becoming a studio or road drummer. While in the Music City, I played all of the clubs on Lower Broadway, and worked a few other part-time jobs, including on the air at WSIX-FM and later, 650 WSM-AM, home of the Grand Ole Opry. This gave me the opportunity to go backstage at the Opry, where I met many of the great artists you hear on Country Legends 106.9! It was also in Nashville where I married my wife, Geri, whom I refer to on the air as “Sweetie,” also known as “That Lucky, Lucky Woman!”
An offer of full-time radio work took us to Jonesboro, in northeast Arkansas, where I hosted the afternoon drive (3-7 p.m.) show on 104.9 The Fox, which was not only the number one Country station, but the number one radio station in the market. After almost nine years in Arkansas, we moved to south Texas, where I had been hired to do the morning show at a station in Victoria. Then, in September of 2014, I was offered the Morning Personality position here at Country Legends 106.9. I can’t tell you how great it is to be playing these great legendary artists and their songs. Heck, I played a whole lot of these songs when they were brand-new hits on the charts! See? I wasn’t kidding when I told you I LOVE this music! And I hope you’ll get your weekdays off to a great start with Yours Truly, and Country Legends 106.9