Music has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. Listening to my parent’s 45s and 78s (yes, 78s!) when my age was in the single digits, started my love affair with music.
When I got my first pocket AM transistor radio, I was in heaven. Late at night, when I was supposed to be asleep, I would listen to my radio with the ear jack plugged in. I found an amazing universe of music and fantastic DJs that rocked my world. If the atmospherics were right I could get Wolfman Jack on the West coast and Cousin Brucie Morrow on the East coast. Needless to say I didn’t get much sleep.
Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” was a Saturday must see when I got control of the TV. Later, there were “Shindig!” “Hullabaloo” and “Where the Action Is”. Man we were rockin now.
FM radio, what a concept. Oh crap! Time to get a new radio. Underground stations opened a newer exciting universe of STEREO album music with songs longer than 3 minutes. I was not locked into the top 40 short songs anymore. Unfortunately, most underground stations disappeared in the 70s. Canned music was taking over.
I didn’t realize how much music was a part of my life until I had to go cold turkey with no music when I joined the Marine Corps and went through Boot Camp and ITR. After completing ITR the first thing I bought at the PX was a combination AM/FM radio/cassette player and as many cassettes as I could afford (not many on a privates pay); I had my music again.
The years I spent in the Corps took me around the world to many countries where I discovered more fantastic music. During my travels I never lost track of the music that was popular at home thanks to the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).
The world travel didn’t stop after my enlistment in the Corps. I became a Grumman Tech Rep and was again sailing on aircraft carriers assisting the U.S. Navy. AFRTS was there. It was great; I still had Wolfman Jack, Casey Kasem and Charlie Tuna to listen to. Traveling to different parts of the world showed me what music the people were enjoying. It was great.
All of that ended in 1986 when I changed jobs and the travel stopped. Back to canned music (BLAH). Or so I thought.
Thanks to my two sons, who share my love of music, I was able to keep up with music other than canned. (To this day, they still bring new music to my attention).
Then it happened! Oh Joy, I found music on the internet!!
I love being Rick’s research assistant for Deep Cuts. It is fun digging through the vast library of past music, and listening to the many new CDs sent in for review for the Deep Cuts Radio Show. The most satisfying part of what I do is helping new artists get their music heard.
"Feel the music. Feel the Vibe”
The first station to air Deep Cuts was The Best Mix in the Stix. WACF, 95.1, FM in Young Harris, GA. Thanks to a very gracious and forward thinking program director, Sammy Ensley, for giving me the opportunity to air the show and allowing me to experiment and mold the show into what it is today. The show aired on WACF for over a year and a half beginning in 2009 until the owners decided to sell the station and the rock and roll ended.
Fast forward to 2016 and we are once again on the same station out of Young Harris, Ga. New owners and new call letters, WJUL FM 97.7. The show has been picked up by several other fabulous internet stations, Wildman Steve Radio, TMV Café, Rock-Radio UK, Blues and Roots Radio. We are honored to have Sun Studio, The Birthplace of Rock-N-Roll, present the music and the artists in each weeks broadcast through Sun Studio Sessions. Sun Studio Sessions is on PBS and Web TV.
The original concept for Deep Cuts came from the underground FM radio stations of the late 60's and early 70's when the music was played by knowledgeable DJs. Album cuts were played without commercial interruption. Songs were woven together that mixed well, and great care was taken to produce a "listening" experience. That's why Deep Cuts is such an eclectic mix of music - good music has no set genre. New music that excites the listener, as well as old classics seldom heard, can be found on the Deep Cut's playlist. Our Featured Vinyl Track is a very popular segment. Each week we search our extensive vinyl library vault for classic albums to choose a rare or little know gem and present it in pure Analog directly off the album. It takes over three hours to produce a one hour show in the studio. It is my pleasure and privilege to be able to entertain you each week with this mix of music.
A quote by Ludwig Van Beethoven sums it all up - "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." All the best to my listeners.
Thanks for tuning in.