I Signed a Contract with Myself

My room in Basel was just that, a room. It was cramped and had a bed that had seen plenty of use. As the incoming DJ you learned to shake out the sheets before you lay down just in case they hadn’t been washed well enough to get rid of any creepy crawlies that the [...]


You’ll Never Be a DJ in This Town With That Accent

I was at my lowest when I went back to KMET, the Mighty Met, at Metromedia Square. Through some confusion at the front desk, I was shown into the program director’s office at that powerhouse rock station. The PD was something of a rarity at the time in radio, she was female. She was a [...]


Michael Jackson

Watching Michael Jackson out there, alone, on the dance floor, putting together moves, stopping, correcting himself and then doing them again until he was satisfied is burned indelibly into my mind. As Marvin Gaye finished I told Michael that I had The Jacksons’ brand new ‘Destiny’ album to which he got excited and asked for [...]


The Game Was On

Sitting at the bar, surrounded by her friends, was a vision in white. She almost looked too pretty to be real. An overhead spotlight hit her from behind and lit up her platinum blond, shoulder-length hair like a halo. Holy shit, I thought, she was so worth that drive. I caught her eye and smiled. [...]


White Lines

Steve did not like to be disturbed in his office on a tape day, but the lot had fallen on me, so I shouldered it and went upstairs to confront our director and executive producer. I knocked gingerly on the door. No answer. I knocked again and again. “Come on, Steve, I know you’re in [...]


The Ugly Duckling

Michael sauntered over to the bar where two heavenly visions sat talking to each other, their micro minis exposing almost all of their glistening tanned legs. Michael stopped right by them. They looked up at him, but his disguise made him unrecognizable, so they had little interest. He was not the Spandau Ballet member they [...]



The energy at the 321 was pumping that night. I arrived early, about thirty minutes before my scheduled 10 PM start time, to make sure Terri’s name was on the guest list. The last thing I wanted was for her to get there and to be turned away at the door. I took over in [...]


Stay Cool

There was a constant ebb and flow of dancers making their way through the crowd to the DJ booth to make requests. When they saw Morrissey standing with me they inevitably nodded their heads in approval and made comments like ‘good job, you look just like him’ or ‘you’re one of the best here tonight.’ [...]


Sex Had Never Been Freer

If you were in southern California in 1978 and wanted to go out to a disco then the Red Onion became number one on your list. All of the locations were packed seven nights a week with people looking to drink, dance and hook up. Guys with hairy chests and shirts open to their waists [...]


Landing in LA

I was unprepared for what I was seeing. The dazzling glow below me stretched forever. The 747 had been descending for some time but the sea of red, orange and white lights showed no signs of letting up - if anything, they were getting brighter. I tried to do the calculation in my head. If [...]

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