When and where did you get your start in professional radio?
I was hired by WCKM to provide music for a Secretary’s Day party in Lake George. By the end of the night, Rick Knight and Dave Covey asked me to join the WCKM team. I think it was April 1995.
What are your interests?
I love classic movies, collecting movie memorabilia, and decorating with it…Turner Classic Movies is one of my favorite stations.
What are your favorite movies?
Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, the original Time Machine…there are so many…
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 are your favorite concerts?
Steve Miller Band, Olivia Newton-John, Perry Como, Natalie Cole…would like to see Michael Buble in concert — like his style.
What are your favorite sports teams?
New England Patriots and the New York Mets
What are your favorite foods?
New Way Lunch hot dogs, roast beef, Triscuits, pepperoni and cheese, and popcorn.
What is your nickname or nicknames?
With my actual first name being Leroy, my nicknames are Lee, The Big Kahuna (thanks to Pete Cloutier), ‘Hey, DJ’…love that one (not!).
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 is the weirdest thing to happen to you while on the air?
I was doing The Thursday Night Doo Wop Shop at 128 Glen Street when this woman bared her top half of her body…the lady was of advanced age, and gravity was not kind to her…it was not pretty…I just shuddered when I wrote this!!
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 is an unknown fact or two about you?
That I almost signed a record deal with RCA Records back in the ’70s.
Who would you like to play you in the movie of your life?
If he were still alive, comedian Dom DeLuise. He and I seemed to have the same sense of humor — we love people, and I actually had a shirt of his. We traded shirts in the lobby of The Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City…cool guy.