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Dave Jackson
 

The D.J. guy was born in the Pittsburgh area and as a youngster moved to the 'coal country' of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Like many in the biz, Dave was bitten early by the radio bug. He grew up listening to likes of WABC (New York), WCFL & WLS (Chicago), WOWO (Fort Wayne, Indiana), WKBW (Buffalo), and WFIL & WIBG in Philadelphia. All of 'em legendary AM music powerhouses who would greatly influence Dave in his formative years.

After graduating from high school, Jackson attended Shippensburg University where he received his B.A. degree in Communication/Journalism, Radio/TV/Film. That was in 1976. He actually started his on-air odyssey as a part-time announcer at nearby WCBG in Chambersburg in 1975. 'CBG was a traditional full-service music, news, and sports format. We'll return to that thought in a moment. Upon graduation from Shippensburg, Dave Jackson moved to full time on the all-night serenade, Shortly thereafter, he assumed the midday shift. By 1977, another opportunity opened up east of the market, so Jackson segued 40 miles out U.S. 30 to work the mic at WHVR. Dave was at 1280 'HVR for the remainder of the decade. In addition to handling PM Drive, he served as Music Director for the full-service outlet, with occasional stints in the newsroom and as a play-by-play commentator. In 1980, he walked across the hall to WHVR's sister station. For the next 5 years, Dave programmed 98 WYCR. The format was Contemporary. In addition to his PD duties, Jackson at various times worked Midday and PM Drive.

Just as he was beginning to settle down in South Central Pennsylvania, Jackson received and accepted an offer to head west to the rustic town of Cheyenne, Wyoming and middays at KKAZ-FM. It was another CHR format. Dave enjoyed the lifestyle...even watching the prairie dogs poke their heads up every now and then. However, he missed his old stomping grounds. So it was in 1987 that Dave Jackson returned home. Station Manager Rod Burnham hired Jackson to do Mornings at WGET-AM in Gettysburg. Remember the 'full-service' format that Jackson broke into radio with? Well, that's precisely what he reunited with at AM 1320. A decade and a half later, he's still in the Adams-Hanover region....and the station is still full-service.

WGET is a rarity in early 21st century radio. A 1000 watt AM station with a fully staffed (and award-winning) News Department. WGET's Public Service presence is also much respected and some say that the station sounds so professional it's like 'The big city in the country.' As Program Director of WGET, Jackson has successfully led the station thru the constant changes seen by the industry over the years...yet maintains the 'retro' feel that has been absent from perhaps 99% of all AM stations in America. Dave Jackson makes his home in the Gettysburg area.

You may e-mail him at djackson@wget.com.

  

 
     

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