When and where did you get your start in professional radio?
I’d like to think my little basement radio station with its one block of coverage was pretty professional, but my first paycheck came from WWSC in 1967. I remained there until 1989, almost all of those 23 years broadcasting the news. My love of 50’s and 60’s music was a natural fit for WCKM when it went on the air in 1994 and since the beginning, I’ve been a part of Saturday mornings at 98.5 with Great Gold Plus.
What are your interests?
My wife and I love to explore back roads, especially those in Washington County and nearby Vermont. I enjoy model railroading and all that goes with it including model building and sharing the hobby with several friends. My layout has been published in national magazines. I also enjoy researching local railroad history and am slowly writing a book about it. And from Spring to Fall I can be found out on the roads cycling.
What are your favorite movies?
Don’t laugh. “The Polar Express” and “Cars” (and anything Pixar). I am taken up with the various animation techniques they employ.
What are your favorite TV shows?
As I get older I find myself getting the most fun from watching reruns of the series that I grew up with. My wife and I recently spent several nights watching “Night Court” reruns courtesy of Netflix.
Who are your favorite recording artists?
No favorites really. While I love the oldies I also like country, jazz and most other forms of music, including classical, which I probably listen to most of all.
What are your favorite concerts?
The best and most concerts for me were in the 70’s and 80’s and included Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis and The News, Olivia Newton-John and the Beach Boys.
What are your favorite sports teams?
The Yankees and Giants, though it’s not always easy!
What are your favorite foods?
Listing them would be painful as they’re mostly things I shouldn’t be eating! My favorite-favorite would have to be a turkey dinner.
What is your nickname or nicknames?
Back when I was doing news on Y96, and they wasn’t yesterday, Bob Barrett started calling me Kipster which seems to have stuck.
What are your pet or pet’s names?
Our four-legged family member is a cat named Lefty.
What is the weirdest thing to happen to you while on the air?
Two things actually. First, I felt an earthquake while talking on the air and asked “Did we just have an earthquake?” I fielded several calls on the air from listeners who concurred and in fact, yes, we did. Second would be the day we moved from our old studios to the new digs on Bay Road. The transition occurred on a Saturday morning during Great Gold Plus and as I did my show, listeners were unaware that Dan Miner and Mike Dubray were literally dismantling the studio around me.
Who were your inspirations to be on the air?
WWSC’s Shel Bullock, a classmate of my mother, was so relaxed and smooth on the air and seemed to really enjoy what he was doing. Also WPTR’s Boom Boom Brannigan. When he passed away recently, on-line comments disclosed that I wasn’t the only one in radio who, as a kid, wanted to be Boom Boom. Fortunately I got to tell him how much he influenced my love for broadcasting.
What is an unknown fact or two about you?
I’ve somehow managed to fly in everything from single-engine aircraft to large airliners and everything in between including helicopters, balloons, a glider and the Goodyear blimp.
Who would you like to play you in the movie of your life?
Whoever they get to play Dick Clark.