Jeff’s love of rock & roll first began when he was growing up in Los Angeles, listening to legendary classic rock stations like KMET and KLOS.
His love of classic rock also heavily influenced his choice for the first album he ever purchased- Boston’s iconic 1976 self-titled debut album - when he was 13. Two years later, Jeff’s first concert experience was a classic rock masterpiece, courtesy of Yes, who played in-the-round on a revolving stage, at The Forum in Inglewood, California. About that time he got his first radio ‘talent’ credit, phoning in Brea-Olinda High School football game recaps to station KEZY in Anaheim.
While rock & roll was the soundtrack of Jeff’s personal life, professionally it was television where he first made his mark.
After graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a Mass Communications degree, Jeff began his TV career at KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Arizona where he did a little bit of everything, from forecasting the weather to field reporting to anchoring the news. It was at Channel 2 in Northern Arizona that Jeff’s sportscasting career began, first as weekend sports anchor, then in 1988, as sports director.
A year later, he became the sports director at KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, a job he held until 1997. While there, Jeff was recognized as the Associated Press ‘Sportscaster of the Year’.
During his time at KSFY, Jeff began sitting in occasionally with several Sioux Falls disc jockeys, including Ben & Patty at MIX 97-3 and Brad Peterson at KWSN.
His first paid gig in radio came in late 1997, working part-time with Craig Mattick and Matt Crosby on the KWSN morning show, while also contributing on KRRO’s morning show, first with ‘Wild’ Bill Daniels and later with John C. Price and Suzanne.
Jeff got into radio full-time at the beginning of 2000, pulling double duty on MIX 97-3, sitting in with Ben and Patty from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM each weekday, before returning later to host the afternoon show.
From 2004-07 he focused his attention solely on the afternoon show before being asked by management to take over mornings at Easy & Fun 100.1, which had launched a year earlier.
Jeff’s days of pulling doubles wasn’t over, when in October of 2009 he was asked to add co-hosting ESPN 99.1’s ‘Sports Buffet’ with Brad Peterson and Warren Swain to his list of duties.
Two years later, Jeff’s personal dream of becoming a classic rock jock became his professional reality when Crash asked him to take over the mid-day show on B102.7.
Over the past dozen years, Jeff has strived to use his show not just as a showcase for some of the greatest music ever created, but also as an opportunity to help take listeners deeper into the stories behind the songs and the artists.
Of all of the hats Jeff has worn in his lifetime, the three that bring him the most joy and fulfillment are husband to Vicki for the past 20 years, dad to his daughters Ashley and Alison, and grandpa to Link.