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Marty Prater
 

As a teen, Marty listened to the likes of Dick Biondi, Tom Shannon, Danny Neaverth and Art Roberts. Marty spent his radio career largely in the military. After joining the Navy in 1961, Prater segued two years later into a debut 3 times a week as an easy listening jock. That was on Midway Island. Then, Prater moved out of radio for more than a decade during his years in the service. Let's fast forward to 1975. By this time, Marty was stationed in Rota, Spain. Marty picks up the story from here. 'On AFRTS (American Forces Radio & Television), I created 'Marty Prater's Rock Revisited', a program that ran on 2, then 3 hours on Saturday and ultimately Sunday evenings. Originally concieved as a 'History of Rock and Roll' documentary-type program, it fast became just a fun-for-all oldies and info shindig featuring primarily hits from the late 50's and early to 60's with chart positions, dates, and performer bios thrown in along with back-to-back original vs. cover presentations. Occasional special interest programs were also included. Our rock revisited Elvis Presley special, which aired the weekend following his death, received the Chief of Naval Information Merit Award.' Rock Revisited became quite popular and the longest continuous-running local program on AFRTS-Rota'. Prater moved to Keflavik, Iceland in 1978 and continued the program on AFRTS. In 1981, Marty retired from the Navy and became Studio Engineer at Guam Cable TV. Two years later, he became Chief Engineer for KOKU-FM, a subsidiary of GCTV. He moved to Honolulu in 1986 and worked there as a broadcast engineer until 1992. Prater also handled engineering duties for KQMQ, KPOI, and other Honolulu stations. Marty moved to Denver in 1992. There, he ultimately became TV Engineer for Denver's Office of Television & Internet Services. That's where he is as of 2001. A lot of stateside jocks don't realize that a a ton of great talent who would have otherwise worked stateside enlisted in the Military. Marty Prater is a prime example. If you were stationed in the aforementioned ports of call, Marty Prater had a hand in helping you through those days 'outside the world'. He also kept you in touch with it. E-Mail Marty at MSPrater@aol.com.

  

 
     

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