My Journey Down Radio Lane
My first commercial radio job started in 1978 where I worked weekends at a station is Sussex County, NJ, WSUS an adult Contemporary and Country station at the same time. They called it "Town and Country radio." Since that time I've worked at nine commercial stations during the 70s 80s 90s and early 2000's. Having the passion of radio, I worked most weekends and held a full time job in Business Systems in New York City.
There was a brief time in the early 1980's that I stopped working on weekends. It was a time when I wanted to be with my friends on the weekends and do a little more partying. That only lasted about two years when the urge returned and I once again started working weekends at another station.
At one point I worked full time in New York City, and two radio stations on the weekends. I also was an adjunct professor at William Paterson University. I must have had rocks in my head but I did it without complaining!
In 2002, while working at an oldies station in Trenton, NJ, we were called into a meeting and were told that the station was changing it's format to classic rock. Knowing that Classic Rock was not a format that I was familiar with or really enjoyed, I decided to leave. During my career I've worked in country, Adult Contemporary and oldies formats. I also wanted my weekends free. I still had the passion for radio and at the time, internet radio was in it's infancy.
While working on our condo board, a member asked me if it was possible to start a radio station for our condo community. I thought he was kidding but my wheels began to turn. I looked researched and found that individuals can start at Part 15 radio station without getting a license. It was extremely low power and did not cover much more that 3/4 of a mile at best. I purchased a part 15 certified AM transmitter for $700. Since I lived on the second floor of a condo in a heavily congested area, the engineering part was next to impossible. I did get the station on the air but the signal was awful because of an inadequate ground system and inadequate antenna. It was legal but awful! So Edgewater Gold Radio was born from an transmitter and antenna on my terrace.
Someone at the company I worked for told me about internet radio and about Live 365 the main (or only) hosting service at the time. I decided to keep the part 15 station on the air but also wanted to get Edgewater Gold Radio on the internet. I bought a new computer, signed up with Live 365 and Edgewater GOld Radio was broadcasting on the internet. At the time, I used the Live 365 software to broadcast Edgewater GOLD Radio from the cloud. The Part 15 station's programming was oldies formatted but a separate broadcast using OTS automation software. Edgewater GOLD radio's audience began to grow very fast because in 2002, there were very few internet radio stations. There were no apps, mobile devices, bluetooth etc. So you needed a computer to hear the station. Nevertheless, the stations' audience continued to increase.
That's my story, I still have the same passion that I had back then and although Edgewater Gold Radio has come such a long way since then, my competition is hundreds of thousands of stations and music sources so the audience is smaller but still growing and very dedicated.