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I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. I started in radio at age 13 at KLIN AM, as an errand boy running scripts around town to sponsors. I eventually got into news, engineering, and spinning records. I obtained my “1st Class Radiotelephone License during high school. I worked there through college. In the college years, I was a “screaming top 40 rock & roll jock”. I lived at an ambulance station and drove ambulances as well. I graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1970 with dual majors in journalism and business administration. I then entered U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. I was then assigned to an admiral’s staff in Coronado, California as a communications officer for 3 years. 
 
After the Navy stint, I returned to Lincoln and bought the ambulance company where I had lived and worked during college. I eventually sold the company and went into law enforcement as a deputy sheriff in Sarpy County, Nebraska (South Omaha). I worked a year in their maximum security jail.
After two years, I returned to Lincoln, joined the Lincoln Police Department, and worked as a patrol officer for five years. During that time, I married a lady I had met in journalism school. She had become a police officer with the San Francisco Police Department, but returned to Nebraska to marry me. It seems she had forgotten how bad Nebraska winters can be. So, we moved to California. She returned to the San Francisco Police Department, and I joined the Redwood City Police Department. I was promoted to sergeant and spent most of my career there as the midnight shift watch commander.
 
During my time in Redwood City, I returned to college and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA. In 1993, I was injured on-duty and was medically retired due to a head injury. After an extended recovery period, I returned to college again for a certification as a crime analyst. I then worked as a civilian for the Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and the Redwood City Police Department on various projects. I also worked for the Redwood City Fire Department as the Staff Duty Officer in the City’s Emergency Operations Center. Throughout my public safety career, I maintained my EMT certification and taught CPR and first-aid for over 25 years.
 
My wife retired from the San Francisco Police Department with over 25 years of service. We then moved to the Bend area in 2004. I had always planned to return to radio once I retired—so here I am at KBND.
 
My hobbies? I have been an amateur radio operator since 1970. I have been a boxing coach since the mid-70’s. In Redwood City, I coached the Police Activities League Boxing Team. I was an assistant boxing coach here in Bend for several years.  I spend a lot of time listening to rock n’ roll music. I am a true news junkie with my face buried in a computer and my ear stuck to a scanner around the clock.

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