I grew up in Tryon, North Carolina and graduated from TryonHigh School before they consolidated it with Polk Central (our arch rivals!) and graduated from FurmanUniversity in 1979. Like most college grads, I needed a job. Having worked at WTYN in Tryon, I thought I would try radio until I could find a "real job." I came to WESC as a part time announcer in the Fall of '79 and started full time in January '81. After a few years, some "manager type" decided I needed a nickname. I was known as "Big John" until during an interview with Barbara Mandrell she said, "You sure are a long drink of water." The nickname "Long John" stuck, so I don't know whether to blame Barbara, or thank her!
I've worked with a lot of great people over the past 30 years, but I have learned that the listeners make WESC what it is.....and not the personalities on the air. Thanks for listening!
How about some pics!
Good buddy Kenny Chesney
Couldn't pass up the opportunity to have this picture made with Deana Carter!
Brooks and Dunn on a hot night in Charlotte.
A Back Stage Interview with Ronnie Milsap in "1980 Somthing."
Trace Adkins in St. Paul, MN
...and one of MY All Time Favorites, Martina McBride
Looks like Brad Paisley has generously offered to "hoof the bill" to buy a cow for a Massai tribe in Kenya.
The story started in 2007 when Brad bet a Detroit DJ that he couldn’t travel to 10 countries in 10 days. A man of his word, the DJ headed for Africa with an oversized Brad cardboard cutout, which was a hit in a Massai village near Mt. Kilimanjaro, where it even witnessed the wedding of the chief’s daughter.
Fast-forward to today. The DJ received an E-mail from the Massai tribe requesting a cow, and so he asked Brad for help in the bovine acquisition. Brad said, “I’m all in. This sounds to me like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help out my fellow man. I’m totally game. I’ll send you back.”
The DJ promised to name the cow Paisley in honor of his contribution.