A little background on the guy you’re about to hire to help make your event a great success…
It all started February 11, 1978 in the Old Gym at Berkeley Springs (WV) High School with a couple of borrowed turntables, a powered mixer, and two speakers. The FHA Sweetheart Dance. My buddy Dave Williams and I spinning records and nervously doing our best to entertain our classmates. My first time ever behind the mic, playing music in a room full of dancers… and potential critics 🙂 Everyone seemed to have a good time, so we couldn’t have been that bad!
While that was my first “live” DJ experience, my radio DJ career began a year earlier at WCST AM & FM in Berkeley Springs, WV doing station ID’s and reading public service announcements during West Virginia University Football and Baltimore Orioles Baseball broadcasts. During my high school and college days, I worked regularly at a variety of Country and Top 40 radio stations in the Four State area including WQCM-FM and WHAG-AM in Hagerstown, MD, 1130 WEEO in Waynesboro, PA, WXIE-FM in Oakland, MD, and WKLP-AM and WQZK-FM in Keyser, WV.
My foray into the wedding business came — somewhat by happenchance — during my undergraduate years at Towson State University in Baltimore, MD. A high school classmate, remembering I did dances and parties from our days in school, asked me to be the DJ/MC at his wedding. With zero wedding experience and knowing the importance of someone’s wedding day, I initially declined. But after indicating he couldn’t find anyone else and telling me, “Really… how badly could you screw it up?”, how could I not take the job? 🙂 At the end of the day, I managed to not make a fool of myself, my buddy and his new bride drove-off into the night as husband and wife, and folks must’ve had an OK time because I subsequently ended-up doing weddings for a number of other guests in attendance that night. Word of mouth proved then — as it does to this day — to be my best salesman. And now here in the 2010’s, I’m playing for the sons and daughters of a number of those 1980’s and early 90’s brides & grooms. I’m blessed to still be going strong for the “next generation”!
When I’m Not Behind The Mic…
For more than 20 years, my family and I owned and operated Morgan Awards, LLC in downtown Martinsburg, WV. In early 2016, we sold the business to Brian & Nicole Brewer, and today I work with them at Brews Custom Awards LLC in Aikens Center, just outside of Martinsburg, creating a wide selection of laser engraved awards and personalized apparel & gift items.
My wife Stacie and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary this past August 29th. She’s the Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, directing all three of our area Clubs in Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan Counties. We have one daughter, Becca, a 2016 graduate of West Virginia University who currently resides in Morgantown, WV. Our children at home are all of the four-legged variety… “Shatty” the cat and “Rosie” The Wiener Dog.
The other loves in my life include electric vehicles (we own two of them), Titanic & Maritime History, my DJI Spark drone (I’m currently working towards my commercial drone pilot’s license), and West Virginia University Football & Basketball. We’re longtime WVU Football season ticket holders, having missed only one Mountaineer home game since 2004. Hence my “Gold & Blue” Wedding Rule… NEVER get married on a home WVU Football Game Day!