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John Boy & Billy: (5am-9am) Johnny “John Boy” Isley and Billy James were at the forefront of the modern wave of radio syndication when they launched the John Boy & Billy Radio Network in 1993. The success of “The Big Show” has made it a template borrowed from by other syndicated programs for over a decade.
John Boy & Billy have been working together since the Fall of 1980. Paired by legendary radio programmer Bob Kaghan, their morning antics quickly made them one of Charlotte’s top morning shows. The duo first began discussing the idea of syndicating their program to other cities in the early 1990s. The John Boy & Billy Radio Network signed on its first affiliate, WROQ-FM in Greenville, SC, in February, 1993.
John Boy & Billy have been providing an insider perspective on NASCAR racing since the late 1980s. The Big Show was the first program to bring regular NASCAR coverage to the Rock radio audience. Since most of the sport’s top teams are based in the Charlotte area, John Boy & Billy have unparalleled access to the drivers and crews that have become household names since NASCAR’s explosion in mass-market popularity. The pair have hosted both a half-hour racing special televised on TNN, and a regular weekly weekend radio program called “John Boy & Billy’s Rock & Roll Racing.”
MCKINZIE RAE: (9am-2pm) McKenzie hit the ground running in a major market with her very first job over thirty years ago. Writing, producing, programming, and being a top rated personality, she’s done it all. McKenzie’s a big fan of the outdoors. Exercising, walking her dogs, playing softball, and spending time with her daughter. She likes all kinds of music but has a passion mostly for classic rock. Led Zeppelin, Rush, Eric Clapton, and Van Halen are what she grew up with so they bring back fond memories.
DAN MITCHELL: (2pm-7pm) Dan has been in radio for almost 40 years. His love of music began in the 60’s when he used to hear the latest hits on the Jukebox at his father’s Pool Hall. He was hooked! Dan decided in 7th grade that he wanted to be a disc jockey and never let go of that dream. He started his career in his hometown of Denver in the summer of 1980 and spent the next 36 years on the air in the same city he grew up in. He’s been married to his lovely wife Kathleen since January of 81. They have a son and a daughter and two granddaughters! Dan is an avid basketball player, movie watcher and classic car lover. He’s thrilled to still be “in the air” and rockin’!
DAN DIMARIA: (7pm-12am) Dan was born into a large family from New York so he learned early to either talk louder or get a microphone. He chose the latter and got his first job in radio when he was 14. Sports has always been a love of Dan’s whether he’s actively playing or watching from the sidelines. He’s big on family and friends too, and always enjoys nature with his hiking trips and his new hobby of firing up the BBQ smoker. Dan’s mostly casual all the way with 50% of his wardrobe being rock T-shirts.
CARL RUSSO: (12am-5am) Carl grew up with plenty of street & strip drag racing, stock car racing, and playing musical instruments and having a good time. He would then apply that energy into rock & roll and a career in radio. A major market radio personality, TV personality, and radio station owner, he did it all. His sense of civic duty was also a priority for Carl wherever he went. He served as a fireman in many cities where he’s worked.