Jerry Halasz shows
Some say I was vaccinated with a phonograph needle. As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be on the radio. When I was a little kid, my grandparents had a big console radio in their living room and I used to listen to our local announcers on that radio. I vowed, “someday my voice is going to come out of that thing” and sure enough it did as I was an announcer at the high school FM station. Later on I was an announcer and DJ at one of the commercial stations in South Bend, Indiana where I grew up. ( some say I never grew up ) from there I worked at some of the Chicago suburban stations where I Emceed lots of record hops & concerts in Joliet, Illinois. Jim Sohns of the “Shadows of Knight” was a regular visitor to my show. His big hit was “Gloria” which is on the oldies 97.3 playlist. I also Emceed a hugh show with “Sam the Sham” in Joliet. From there I worked in Dekalb, Illinois and did remotes from the dorms and fraternities and sororities on the campus of Northern Illinois University. In 1972 I left radio for the waste hauling and recycling business. I was transferred to Dayton to become sales manager of one of the huge national waste hauling firms. I called on WING to secure their business and the program director heard me speaking with the chief engineer and said, “my you have a pleasant voice…are you available weekends?” I finally retired and now…here I am at oldies 97.3 each Thursday playing the hits.