Bill realized at the age of 5, that radio was his passion. In 1978 at the age of 15, his dream of being in radio became a reality. With the support of his mom & dad, Marie & W. B. Cox and great influence of his guidance counselor Horace Cowell, Bill was hired by Beach Music Legendary Disc Jockey Charlie Byrd. 1320 WEEW was his first station. WEEW was a 500 watt daytime only station in Washington, NC. As time went by and opportunities presented themselves, Bill moved on in June of 1981 to be part of the premier staff of WKJA 92.1 out of Belhaven NC. After KJA, Bill began working in New Bern NC at Radio Joy 1450. Bill kept his career moving by working with WNCT AM/FM in Greenville, NC. By June of 1983, Bill moved into sales as well as still being on the air when he began working at WBTE/WDJB in Windsor, NC. While in Windsor, Bill was promoted to the position of Operations Manager. Next stop on the journey was a stint as General Sales Manager at WRCS/WQDK in Ahoskie, NC. While working at WBTE/WDJB, Bill formed a close relationship with General Manager Rick Mendelson. With Mendelson's guidance, Bill learned the sales and business side of radio. After Bill had left Ahoskie, an opportunity to work with Rick again became available at WVOT in Wilson, NC. Bill was on afternoon drive and sales. As Rick left, Bill went another direction and became Sales Manager at WNOS 1450 in New Bern, NC which use to be Radio Joy! The station was in the midst of being sold, and the deal fell through. Thusly in January of 1989, Bill was offered an opportunity with WDIX/WORG in Orangeburg, SC. Within 4 months of employment, Bill was offered part ownership. This was the first steps to achieving into ownership. Bill did mornings and sales. Also in July, Bill became a daddy with wife Terri. Lyndsi Durand was the perfect addition that year. In November of 1991, another investment came in the construction of WKSY - Classy 100.5 in Florence, SC. After a few months, Bill wished to be back in NC. Rick Mendelson and a group of investors had bought WVOT. Bill got in touch with Rick and went back to work in Wilson, NC and remained there. Then in December of 1993, an opportunity came to Bill, and he felt it was time. He bought WPNC-AM/FM in Plymouth, NC. The station went on the air April 1, 1994, known as 96 JAMS and has been on ever since. In August of 1996 the stations formats and music were switched to Magic 96 and then in April of 2001 we became known as Magic 95.9.
"The Voice of Magic", Wes Jones
Producer ~ Traffic Manager
MY LIFE OF RADIO!
WE WILL START AT THE BEGINNING SINCE IT’S THE BEST PLACE.
MY FATHER WORKED AT CARSON’S FURNITURE in High Point, NC AND WE LIVED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY ON FIRST STREET. FROM OUR HOUSE YOU COULD SEE THE WHPE-AM/FM TOWER RISING TOWARDS THE SKY. I ASK MY DAD WHAT IT WAS AND HE TOLD ME IT WAS THE WHPE TOWER SITE. MY INTEREST IN RADIO WAS STARTED AT THAT POINT IN THE MID 50’S. ABOUT SEVEN YEARS OLD. MY FASCINATION WITH RADIO RAMPED UP IN 1960 WHEN I WAS GIVING MY FIRST TRANSISTOR AM RADIO.
THEN ONE DAY MY DAD BOUGHT ME AN OLD RCA REEL TO REEL RECORDER AND I WOULD MAKE MY OWN TAPES AND RECORD STUFF OFF THE RADIO. I WOULD SPEND MY NIGHTS LISTENING TO WLS IN CHICAGO AND WABC IN NEW YORK AND OTHER LEGENDARY AM RADIO STATIONS. THE NEXT STEP WAS CITIZEN BAND RADIO IN 1963. THAT LED TO HAM RADIO. HOW EVER MY ENTRY IN TO HAM RADIO WAS DELAYED BY SEVERAL EVENTS. IN APRIL OF 1965, I GOT MY DRIVERS LICENSE AND IN SEPTEMBER THE NEXT DISTRACTION HIT. GIRLS, CARS AND HIGH POINT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL HAD A 10-WATT EDUCATIONAL RADIO STATION SO I JOINED THEIR RADIO CLUB . MY RADIO CAREER STARTED IN 1965 AT THE HIGH SCHOOL STATION WHPS-FM. MY FIRST ON AIR SHIFT WAS 8 TO 9AM AND MY CHOSEN CAREER WAS SET. I STARTED WORKING AT WHPE-AM/FM IN 1969 AND HAVE BEEN IN BROADCASTING EVER SINCE. I HAVE HAD A GREAT RIDE IN THIS BUSINESS AND ENJOYED GOING TO WORK EVERY DAY. OTHER STATIONS I HAVE WORKED AT ARE: WLOE-WEAF-FM-EDEN,
WRQK/WPET GREENSBORO, WLXN-Q-94 LEXINGTON, WMFR AND WMAG IN HIGH POINT, WWGL-FM THAT BECAME HITZ-94 AND THEN TO MY CURRENT EMPLOYMENT AT LMA GENERAL MANAGER OF WIST-FM/WBLO IN HIGHT POINT NORTH CAROLINA. WRQK WAS THE FIRST FM ONLY ROCKER IN THE TRIAD AND I SOT TO SPEND 12 YEARS ON 98.7. THE HIGH LIGHT OF MY CAREER WAS BEING PART OF THE FIRST TWO MAN MORNING SHOW IN THE TRIAD ON FM THE WES & WILLIE SHOW ON WRQK. I CONSIDER MYSELF A BLESSED PERSON DUE TO THE FACT THAT I HAVE HAD A JOB THAT I LOVE AND ENJOY. I NEVER MINDED GETTING UP AT 3:30 IN THE MORNING TO DO A MORNING SHOW. HELD POSITIONS OF ON-AIR PERSONALITY, MUSIC DIRECTOR, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS MANAGER, TALK SHOW HOST AND SEVERAL OTHERS. IT HAS BEEN A GREAT RIDE AND I THANK EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE IT HAPPEN. I DID NOT DO IT ALONE! MANY PEOPLE CONTRIBUTED TO MY SUCCESS. RADIO IS A TEAM EFFORT AND IT TAKES A GROUP OF GOOD EMPLOYEES TO MAKE IT HAPPEN RIGHT. YOU EITHER WIN TOGETHER OR YOU LOOSE TOGETHER.
I GOT MY NOVICE HAM RADIO TICKET IN 1977 AND NOW HOLD AN ADVANCED CLASS LICENSE AND THE CALL OF WJ4DX. I GET TO TALK TO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS I WILL NEVER MEET IN PERSON. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE ENJOYED HAM RADIO AS A GREAT HOBBY. RADIO HAS BEEN A HUGE PART OF MY LIFE SINCE MY EARLY CHILD HOOD YEARS. ONE OTHER PERSON IS TRULY RESPONSIBLE FOR MY SUCCESS AND THAT IS MY LATE WIFE LINDA. SHE GAVE ME THE SUPPORT ONE NEED’S IN MAKING DECISIONS AND HELPING ME IMPROVE MY SOUND OVER THE YEARS. THIS CAREER WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT HER SUPPORT.
THAT’S IT IN A NUT SHELL AS THEY SAY. THE PAST 45 YEARS SEEM LIKE ONLY A FLASH, AND IT AIN’T OVER YET. THE QUOTE "FIND A JOB YOU LOVE AND YOU WILL NEVER WORK A DAY IN YOUR LIFE” IS TRUE. THANKS TO RADIO I HAVE LIVED THAT DREAM.
Sales Manager ~
On-Air 7pm - MN, M-F
Type your paragraph Dave Richmond is a native of Durham and spent his teenage years in Williamston. He graduated from Williamston High School in 1991, and East Carolina University in 1995. He earned a B.S. in Political Science. Dave worked at the college radio station, 91.3 WZMB. His radio journey began at Mix 94.3 WGPM and The Talk FM WCZI in Greenville in 1996. He then came to Magic for the first time in 1999. He moved to Elizabeth City and went to work at Kiss 97 FM. He later worked at 95.3 The Rock WOBR-FM in Nags Head back in 2000. Then, Dave came back home to Magic for the second tour of duty back in May of 2001. Dave has worked at The Hot FM in 2003 and then went to 98.5 The Big Dawg WDWG-FM and Jammin 99 WZAX-FM in 2007. Dave came back home to Magic in April 2011 and has never looked back.The third time really is the charm! Over the years, Dave has enjoyed traveling and going around the world to do mission trips. He went to Germany six months after the Berlin Wall came down. After September 11th, Dave volunteered with the NC Baptist Men. He cleaned apartments near Ground Zero at the Gateway Plaza. This was one of the most rewarding experiences he has ever had. In 2009, he went to Turkey and painted the outside of a church on a mission trip with his church, Forest Hills Baptist in Wilson. This May, Dave went with a group of nurses to Benin in the western part of Africa. In addition of travel, Dave also likes sports, movies, and music of course. How could we work at the music lover's station if he did not? Also, Dave welcomed a baby girl named Spotty to his life on April 30, 2012. Spotty is a lab dalmation mix. He rescued her and is happy to have her in his family! She has provided a lot of energy and youth to his place! Enjoy your mid-day with Dave weekdays 10am-2pm. Dave lives each day to the fullest, because he knows that it may be his last. He hopes that he can make a difference and keep you company! He raises the glass to the listeners and to the radio station!
I was born in a small community known as Charleston South Carolina. My parents, however, were from here, my father from Pantego and my mother from Jones County. My father was in radio, and I moved with my family to 14 different towns before he bought a radio station right back where he started from; Washington NC. So you could say I grew up in radio stations, but it was long after graduation from high school that I caught a clue and joined the ranks. Soon after a long stint at now Robert-93.3, I traveled, doing short DJ stints in Rome, Athens, and other small towns in Georgia. But I ended up back here, now playing the best music on the most unique radio station in the world. I'm a genealogy addict, a Duke Basketball fan, and I love seafood. Email me if you want to buy my hat.
On-Air 10am - 2pm, M-F
Plymouth Vikings Sports Analyst
Well where does one start? I guess the best place would be in 1986 when I met a guy named Bill Benjamin.... You see, Bill called on my parents business in Wilson, NC while he was with WVOT. Little did I know that "radio guy" would one day be my co-worker! Not only is he my co-worker but he is also my life partner and best friend. Being a mom is part of my everyday life and I am so blessed to have Bill there along the way. Being Magic's Sales Manager is great because I get to do what I love while helping others help their businesses. In addition to Sales Manager, I am now starting another venture here at Magic and that is being on-air from 7pm-Midnight, Monday-Friday. Many times I have said, Magic 95.9 is a "diamond in the rough." To say the least I am blessed beyond measure to work with such a great team! I look forward to many more magical years in radio alongside my best friend.... Thanks for listening!
On Air 2pm - 6pm, M-F
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