What are your nicknames (that you’ll admit to)?
Well my actual name is Leroy..So Lee, Big Kahuna, Bopo and Papa are my nicknames…The one the former wife uses can’t be repeated.
How long have you been with WCKM/HITS/WWSC?
Since 1995 to 2006. I went to Florida for a few years and then from 2012 to present.
What are your interests?
I love classic movies, collecting movie memorabilia, and decorating with it…Turner Classic Movies is one of my favorite stations.
Where did you graduate high school?
Fort Edward High School, 1974
What are your favorite movies?
Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, the original Time Machine…there are so many…
When and where did you get your start in professional radio?
I was hired by Dave Covey and Rick Knight after being hired by WCKM to play a secretaries day party, April 1995 in Lake George…the rest is history!
Who were your radio influences?
Boom Boom Branigan on WPTR 1540…He was my first influence and many years later I met him at a car show I was playing at in Corinth. He sat with me for a few hours and told some stories and when he was ready to leave, he said I sounded like friend over the microphone. It was the nicest moment of my announcing career.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I like Storage Wars & American Pickers. I watch a lot of ME-TV classic TV shows like The Rifleman, Mission Impossible, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Dick Van Dyke…great channel.
Who are your favorite recording artists?
Olivia Newton-John, Dean Martin, Perry Como…so many favorites!
What was your favorite concert you attended at the CIA/GFCC?
Anne Murray! Even with all the rock shows, she put on an excellent show back in the 80’s.
What was your favorite concert you attended at SPAC?
Oliva Newton John: Physical Tour.
Where is your favorite local place to go?
The Fun spot with the grandkids.
What do you like to do on your day off?
I actually like to design retro room decorations. Movie and television themed.
Back in your high school days, what groups/organizations or teams did you belong to?
Spanish class, any music class I could take, and bowling club.
What are your favorite sports teams?
New England Patriots and the New York Mets
What are your favorite and least favorite food(s)?
New Way Lunch hot dogs, roast beef, Triscuits, pepperoni and cheese, and popcorn. My least favorite is seafood, which is good because I’m allergic to shellfish!
Name three movies that are ‘must watch’ for you.
Gone With the Wind, Rear Window, and White Christmas.
What is your karaoke song?
Elvis’ – Can’t Help Falling In Love.
What are your pet or pet’s names?
My last pet was a wonderful dog…my boy “Mertz”…the platypus!!
What is the one thing you shouldn’t tell us about you?
Like Dan Miner, our grand children can just about rule us. Sara dressed me in a tiara and put makeup on me…there is a photo which is now locked in a safe deposit box…somewhere in Montana.
What was the best moment you’ve had while on the air?
Working with Dave Thomas “Fetus.” I learned some nice things from him…He stood by me the day I switched the microphone on for the first time!
Who were your inspirations to be on the air?
Dick Clark, Rick Knight, and I don’t want to embarrass him, but I really admire Dan Miner for what he does. People don’t see behind the scenes things at a radio station and Dan handles them very, very well…and the guy has a great sense of humor.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in radio?
Retail. I love taking care of people’s needs…I did a lot of retail back in the day.
Who would you like to play you in the movie of your life?
Morgan Freeman! I freakin’ love his voice!
What is an unknown fact or two about you?
That I almost signed a record deal with RCA Records back in the ’70s.
If you won the lottery, what would be your first purchase?
Buy the family their own homes, put away some for the grandkids education, and then maybe travel to see friends I haven’t seen in a while…It will be nice to also be able to donate to local charities.
What is your favorite thing about the community?
The way everyone comes together for charities and how listeners treat us like family. I like being part of an organization that actually cares about what happens in the community!
What advice would you give to aspiring radio DJs?
Pay attention to what you are doing, love what you do, if you don’t, find another occupation, and don’t expect to get rich.