1) My first "on air" gig was as a sportscaster on San Diego State University's college radio station KCR.
2) One of my fellow KCR peeps (pardon the pun) was Ted Giannoulas, aka The Famous Chicken.
3) I interned as a writer for the well-known Boss Radio newsman Brent Seltzer in 1976 at KDEO AM on Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.
4) My first paid job in broadcasting was at KDEO. I wrote news for the morning show and helped out the morning man, the legendary Top 25 DJ Neilson Ross.
5) I was fired for the first time in broadcasting at KDEO by Jess Bullet when he took over as PD.
6) I did stats and between-period interviews for Jerry Trupiano on Houston Aeros World Hockey Association broadcasts when the Aeros were in San Diego to play the Mariners.
7) I became good friends with and helped out two San Diego Mariners broadcasters, the late Ron Oakes and Roy Storey, on their home broadcasts at the San Diego Sports Arena.
8) I was the play-by-play announcer for the first game in the short history of the San Francisco Shamrocks of the Pacific Hockey League, at the historic Cow Palace, filling in for Roy Storey when he was ill.
9) I broadcast a total of four San Francisco Shamrocks games, the only professional hockey broadcasts I ever did in my career.
10) My commentary partner on one game was the late Rory Markas, who announced major league baseball games in Southern California for the Anaheim Angels until his sudden death in January 2010.
11) I was hired as a news reporter at KERO-TV23 Bakersfield after I worked a day "on audition" during an emergency situation in which the station was severely shorthanded.
12) I became sports director at KERO-TV23 and I worked with Kern County broadcasting icon Burleigh Smith nightly on the set.
13) I covered the first two title fights of Bakersfield featherweight boxer Ruben Castillo against the ring legends Alexis Arguello and Salvador Sanchez in Tucson, AZ.
14) I was the ring announcer at Bakersfield's Strongbow Stadium for the colorful boxing promoter Harry Kabakoff, aka "Hula Harry," nee Melville Himmelfarb.
15) I once interviewed wrestling legend Freddie Blassie and drew his ire for suggesting that his "sport" was not on the up and up!
16) As radio results announcer at Hollywood Park, I learned to call thoroughbred horse races under the guidance of the late great Harry Henson.
17) I taught Broadcast Journalism classes at my alma mater San Diego State University in the early 80s. My "star pupils" include Artie Ojeda (KNSD), Louis Weiner (KFMB), Gregg Rawdin (KUSI), and Faith Sidlow (KSEE Fresno), all still working in the business!
18) I accepted a sports anchor/reporter job at KTUU-TV2 Anchorage without ever visiting the city or the station beforehand.
19) I met my wife Shari Johnson (who worked in the production department) at KTUU-TV in 1985.
20) I hired a 24-year-old sports intern by the name of Sarah Heath in 1987. She went on to become Sarah Heath Palin, former Governor of Alaska and John McCain's 2008 Vice Presidential running mate.
21) I did a documentary and a series of reports on an Anchorage Youth Hockey League team's travels to Leningrad, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen in 1986.
22) I covered two International Olympic Committee Winter Olympics site selection meetings ... 1986 in Lausanne, Switzerland and 1988 in Calgary, Canada.
23) I was hired by Tom McKinley at The Mighty 690 (XTRA Sports), San Diego's legendary sports station in 1993 to host the station's first thoroughbred horse racing show.
24) I hosted a thoroughbred racing talk show on the Internet for three years on San Diego-based World Talk Radio.
25) I have covered three Belmont Stakes in this decade (2003, 2004, and 2008) hoping to see the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. But, no Triple Crown heroics at The Big Sandy for Funny Cide, Smarty Jones, or Big Brown!