I grew up in Springfield, IL, and caught the radio bug while still in high school, working p/t at WTAX (news/sports talk) and WDBR (Top 40). Thought I wanted to be the next Jack Buck, but then realized how difficult play-by-play really is while trying to call Class-A high school basketball! Left for college at the University of Missouri (which was architecturally inspired by Mr. Jefferson’s University) in 1991. Saw The Pixies in a Jefferson Theater-sized venue my 1st year of college, and have seen Pearl Jam close to 20 times, the 1st time being Lollapalooza ’92 ! Worked at the legendary KCOU college radio station during the time fellow DJs there got Big Star to reunite in 1994. Worked at a great group of stations (including KBXR) in Columbia, MO from 95-06, and The Corner brought me to Charlottesville in November of 2006! Ended up a history major at Mizzou, so, being from the Land of Lincoln, it’s been amazing to end up in Jefferson’s beloved central Virginia! Side note: my parents grew up in a small town outside of Spfld. called Virginia, IL!
I’ve loved my time here, esp. recording Corner Lounge sessions & hosting Brighten The Corners (Tuesdays 10-midnight). I’m also grateful to be able to cover music festivals for Corner listeners including SXSW, Bonnaroo and more! Among other things, Cville has taught me to embrace my inner mandolin lover, and it’s also where (in 2008) I met my amazing wife Elizabeth! Along with our 2 cats – who love everyone, except each other – we live in Crozet, VA and last year we added the best little bundle of joy to our little spot in the world.
A crusty veteran of rock radio, Mark did radio locally at various stations in the area including his hometown station in Roanoke, VA.
After taking a hiatus, Mark decided he wanted to come back and work at a station where the artists were still alive, touring and still making music, so he found what he calls “the best station in Charlottesville, 106.1 the Corner.”
“He’s been dubbed The Great One, The People’s Champion and The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment, but mere words fail to capture the essence of the most charismatic DJ of all time.
The first third-generation disc jockey in WCNR history, the man born John David Spangler was destined for immortality since birth, but his rise to the status of a pop culture icon was harder to predict. See for yourself every weekday night 7pm-Midnight.”
Melissa’s story begins in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As she was being pressured to decide what she wanted to do with the rest of her life while still in high school, she decided over Algebra homework that the person working the night shift on her local alternative radio station was having WAY more fun than she was.
She was right, radio is more fun than factoring any day. College followed along with a stint at the college radio station (she is very glad she did not save the tapes from those shows). Since then she has worked numerous odd jobs at radio stations all over the Midwest.
This is her first time living below the Mason-Dixon line, and she’s loving Charlottesville. Melissa can often be found at one of the many great concerts that come to town, walking around her neighborhood, or improving her skills in the kitchen. You can hear her every Saturday and Sunday afternoon on 106.1 The Corner.