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MORNINGS
Denis Prior has a long and varied background in radio, starting in high school reporting local news and keeping Casey Kasem and Kansas City Royals broadcasts on the air.

That start began a career that led Denis to add up some steep travel miles. Stops in Tampa, San Diego, Denver, New Orleans and Kansas City and for a few years across town on the radio in Grand Rapids among others, Denis kept the U Haul people in business. Most recently he was managing a group of stations and doing mornings Up North and being a fan of Chicago and the Cubs, being back in Grand Rapids is the best of both worlds.

Denis is also a freelance writer, having spent many years contributing to the monologues of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (the first one), and The Late Show with David Letterman, and other comics, plus various magazines and the occasional greeting card.

Denis lives in Jenison, and has a 12 year old daughter who is tearing up Junior High Band and Swim.

MID-DAYS
Bob Mason, a 40 year veteran of Grand Rapids radio, has worked at such stations as WZZM-FM, WLAV, WGRD, WLHT, WOOD, WODJ and WFGR. Bob is a native of Grand Rapids and has lived on the northeast side of town for most of his life.

Bob retired from the Grand Rapids Police Department Communications Office in 2005 after 31 years of service and continues to serve the Police Department in a consultants position. He and his wife Liz have been married for 28 years and have four children.

In his spare time, Bob enjoys watching his kids play high school sports, including two daughters who play softball and a son who is a baseball player. While Len O'Kelly gets to look cool riding around town in his '57 Chevy, Bob rides around in a minivan, filled with baseball and softball equipment, to take the kids to softball and baseball tournaments during the summer months.

Bob is thrilled to be at Real Oldies 1480/850, playing the music he loved while growing up in the '50s and '60s.

AFTERNOONS
Bob Simonson has worked in and out of the radio business for the last 33 years, starting at college station WCSG here in Grand rapids in 1979. Bob has worked for West Michigan heritage stations WCUZ, WBCT and WLHT where he first worked for Bill Bailey. Over the course of his career, Bob has worked in Battle creek, Kalamazoo, Lansing and even Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota where he was part of the engineering and on air team of a major 50,000 watt AM station. He has been as an On-Air Announcer, Traffic Reporter , Producer and Program Director. Bob also has an extensive background in the Security, Fire Alarm and Telephone Business Systems businesses and owns his own company here in Grand Rapids.

Bob has a strong commitment to community service and improving the lives of others by being an active member of the Masonic Lodge, becoming a Freemason in 1995 and spent 16 years as a Reserve Deputy with the Kent County Sheriff's Traffic Squad. You may also hear him on another kind of radio, as well; Ham Radio.

Bob and his wife Kristin have a 15 year old son who's an honor student and the family includes two dogs and a cat. Now Bob is part of the radio family here at Real Oldies 1480 and 850 AM.

WEEKENDS
Bob Becker is a born and raised Grand Rapidian and has lived here his whole life. Bob grew up on the west side of town ("where the Kingtones, Quests, and Ruth and the Footsteps lived within walking distance") and now lives in beautiful downtown Grandville with his lovely wife Kathy, and 3 dogs. Bob has four children and seven grandchildren... all living in the Grand Rapids area.

Bob's love of music and radio stems from his father as he starred on a pre WOOD radio show back in the '30s. Bob's father was part of a music duo the "WASH Twins" on WASH radio 1300, which was the call letters of WOOD radio back in the '20s and the '30s. The WASH twins played live music and sang songs of the day on the radio. "I knew I was in love with radio when I was a small boy. I'd listen to radio and knew every song on the air while growing up."

Bob has been on the air on Grand Rapids radio since he was sixteen. "I loved doing Top 40 radio and started when I was sixteen on WMAX 1480 AM ... Now I'm back on WGVU 1480 AM!!" These are songs I played on the air as a kid in radio ... this is the music we grew up with!" Prior to doing a weekend show on Real Oldies, Bob was on the air at WFGR Classic hits and WFGR Oldies, WOOD-FM, and WODJ Radio. In the 60's and 70's Bob was on WLAV and WGRD in their Top 40 days.

When Bob is not having fun on the radio, he likes working his other job in computers, listening to his old time radio shows ... "Jack Benny is my favorite! I'm so much like him.", enjoying my family, Ham Radio, lap swimming, jogging and aerobic walking.

SWING SHIFT
Tom Wyant is a West Michigan Native with 40 plus years of Radio and Television experience. Tom has worked at WMUS AM & FM and WTRU in Muskegon, WWTV FM, WWAM and WWTV Channel 9 in Cadillac. WHGR and WJGS Houghton Lake, WLDR Traverse City, WLKI Angola Indiana, and WLHT, WTRV and WFGR here in Grand Rapids. Tom spends his spare time talking on his ham radio and watching his grandkids playing soccer.

     
     
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