With National Radio Day on August 20, I had been reflecting on my time in radio when it dawned on me that I’ve been a disc jockey for 20 years!
Hard to believe that I got my first on-air job back in August 1996. Working a graveyard shift on Sunday mornings, believe it or not, was an absolute blast. While I was busy spinning the likes of Celine Dion, Del Amitri and Hootie and the Blowfish, the rock music environment was very much different:
–Foo Fighters were newbies;
–Metallica left fans reeling with brand new haircuts and a bluesier sound on “Load”;
–Van Halen imploded a second time, this time between the brothers VH and Sammy;
–Alice in Chains were in limbo after then-frontman Layne Staley became a recluse;
–Iron Maiden were in the middle of the Blaze Bayley era; and
–Rush were “Testing for Echo”.
Cut ahead to present day and things are quite different:
–Foo are now elder statesmen of rock;
–Van Halen are in flux again with David Lee Roth;
–Alice in Chains are back together with a new singer;
–Iron Maiden are stronger then ever with Bruce Dickinson back up front
–And Rush are still the best band on the planet and probably more popular than ever.
Thankfully, the one constant is that I still love what I do 20 years later.
Hi, I'm Pete Rizzo, early morning elixir for your weekends.
I love music and I love talking about it. I grew up listening to bands like Rush (best band on the planet!), Van Halen (Diamond Dave all the way), AC/DC (Bon rules!) and Genesis (the Gabriel years). But my true love is progressive rock and heavy metal. The louder, crunchier, more bombastic and self-indulgent, the better!
When I’m not on the air, I’m either training in martial arts, deciding which tattoo I should get next, reading a good book (I still enjoy turning actual pages), or my wife and I are planning our next big travel excursion.
I’m on every Saturday and Sunday morning. You can also follow me on on Twitter @PeteRizzoWBAB. I’d love to hear from you.