I was born and raised in a tiny town in the south: Columbia, Mississippi. I was raised with southern values and enjoyed the opportunities available in small town America. I spent my time swimming, hunting, fishing and riding horses. From an early age I was in love with horses and began working at a horse ranch when I was 12. I even rode in some rodeos for two years (bareback bronco and calf roping) before selling my horses and beginning college.
I attended Mississippi College just outside of Jackson, Mississippi. While majoring in English and Speech as a part of Pre Law, I also attended classes at Jackson School of Law. It was during this time that I first became interested in radio. Mississippi College offered a radio course that I took as an easy way to earn credits, but the class hooked me on radio.
My first real job in radio was at WRBC in Jackson. I later worked at WWUN and WJDX while continuing my education. At the same time I was working my way through college, I formed Mid South Talent Associates and began booking bands across the south. My partner and I showcased The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and other acts in venues from Ft. Worth to New Orleans to Jackson to Miami.
It was while I was in Miami cutting commercials for The Who show where I caught the attention of the program director of WFUN who offered me a job.
Taking the WFUN job set me off on an odyssey that still continues. From WFUN in Miami, I worked at WMFJ in Daytona Beach, KTLK in Denver, KRIZ in Phoenix, WRKO in Boston, WOR-FM in New York City, KHJ in Los Angeles, KCBQ in San Diego, KFRC in San Francisco, WAPP in New York, KCMO Kansas City where I headed the Summit Communications chain, Y107 in Orlando, WSHE in Miami where I headed TM Communications and finally KWOD in Sacramento.
In 1992 I returned to Los Angeles to head The Network Forty magazine. I later became publisher of The Network Magazine Group which produced 7 music magazines including the prestigious Album Network and Urban Network as well as Network 40. After the sale of the group to Robert Sillerman and then to Clear Channel, I expanded my role within the company and was eventually President of 3 different Clear Channel divisions.
After 10 years I left Clear Channel to open my own music entertainment company in Los Angeles. Today, Crysis Management is a thriving company that represents many artists in all aspects of the entertainment business.
It is difficult to compile all of the various positions and successes that are a part of my life without being self-indulgent. Even though it is my website, I hesitate to bore readers with the mundane aspects of my everyday life. Suffice it to say that I have covered a lot of ground. I have produced records, managed entertainers, written songs, written and directed “Music Biz,” a play that ran for 3 months in Los Angeles, published four novels (Flight Plan, PAYOLA! and Sheet Music). The most recent, â€œStraddle,â€ has been optioned by an Academy Award winner in partnership with a major cable network. I was Chief Of Staff for the Governor of Mississippi and later ran for Congress in the same state. I also have three successful daughters of whom Iâ€™m very proud. Currently, I live in Florida.
I decided to create a website because of the tremendous amount of written documentation that covers most of my life. I am a writer. Iâ€™ve been successful at it, through published works and weekly commentaries that described the music industryâ€™s successes and struggles.
Iâ€™ve tried to make this site as â€œuser friendlyâ€ as possible, since I am a computer novice. You can navigate through the Editorials that appeared in the Network Magazine Group by topic or date, view the pictures that accompanied my career and read excerpts from my published and yet-to-be published novels. You can also make comments or contact me through the platforms provided.
I hope you enjoy yourself.
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