As I Move to 94.9 HOM, Here Are 6 of My Memorable Moments on Q97.9
26 years is a long time. I mean a REALLY long time, especially to be on one radio station. Honestly, I never thought I would make it this long, but here I am.
My first time on-air was in 1990 at the college radio station at what is now called Husson University. My instructors saw some talent in me, and guided me to my first few jobs in radio.
By 1996, I was contacted to be part of a new radio station called Q97 dot 9. The dot was because the internet was a new thing then and the name has stuck all these years. All these 26 years that I have been doing what I do at the station I love.
I'm excited to be moving with Lori to 94.9 HOM, but The Q will always be a big part of me. I owe my career to all the people that supported me and have let me be a part of this groundbreaking station all this time. I have a lot of great memories of my time on The Q. Here are some of my favorites.
The First Time I Was On Q97.9
Okay, this technically wasn't the first time I was on, but it's pretty close. Q97.9 launched on November 1, 1996 and this recording was from early in 1997 because we were still calling ourselves "The New" Q97.9. I was 25 years old and since then my voice has gotten, well, more mature.
When Lady Gaga Came to Portland
Lady Gaga came to Portland in 2010 to speak to a crowd in Deering Oaks Park for the repeal of the so-called 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy for the U.S. military. The policy prohibited any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships while serving in the armed forces.
The Q Morning Show was told we would able to introduce her. That never happened and Lori kind of freaked out a bit.
When I Flattened Two Tires on the Q Van
Well, this isn't a great memory, but it's certainly memorable. I was driving the Q van back to the station after a live broadcast at Lost Valley. When I took the Marginal Way off-ramp of I-295 and came around the sharp curve, I hit something. I thought everything was okay until I started to hear the hissing.
Whatever it was, it was sharp and it flattened both tires in a big way. I ended up calling my boss and asking him what I should do. He said to leave it and we'll get it in the morning. Several people saw it on the side of the road the next morning and we got tons of calls. "What happened to your van?" Ugh.
The Q Cash Cow
One of the craziest contests we have ever done on the Q. People would qualify to come down to the Park 'n Ride on Marginal Way in Portland to play cow pattie bingo. It's where you place a cow on a giant bingo board and everyone gets a number. If the cow does what cows do after eating on your number, you would win $6000. It took almost 2 hours, but finally "Dallas" the cow did its business and we had a winner.
The Q Stage at the Old Port Festival
The Q brought some great performers to our stage at the Old Port Festival and the crowds were always huge!
Just to name a few acts we had Night Ranger, Spose, Elliot Yamin, and Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles. I really miss those shows ever since the Old Port Festival became a thing of the past.
Jerry Remy in the Q Studio
Not much can top this great moment. The legendary second baseman for the Boston Red Sox who became a part of the greatest television broadcast team ever with play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo, came for a visit on a press tour. The only picture, I got of them, was this one where Orsillo is behind the woman in the foreground. Meeting Jerry was a thrill, having grown up watching him live at Fenway and to have him here for just a short 10 minutes was a moment I will never forget.