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Kevin Larkin
 

The bug to be in radio first hit Kevin in 1975, when he spent his free time working at his school radio station at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Baltimore. After graduating Kevin trained at a local broadcasting school for life in radio.

Kevin’s first gig came at WKDW-WSGM in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Then onto WCVA in Culpeper, Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C. AM Radio was quickly fading and it was a struggle to compete with the D.C. stations that boomed into Culpeper. Still, having a rock and roll show on the radio was a thrill.

After a year in Culpeper, Kevin got a call from WITH AM/FM in Baltimore. The legendary Jack Edwards, who Kevin had met a few years earlier, had recommended him for an opening. Kevin jumped at the chance to work in his hometown. The work at WITH was varied. Board-op, production, news, and as DJ on both stations. The AM was playing “Million Dollar Music” A sort of home grown Music of Your Life format. WITH FM was doing Top 40. In 1980, a sale split the stations and Kevin stayed on with the AM. Kevin’s career took on an interest in news and he went back to The Shenandoah Valley to become news director of the stations he first worked for. A colleague working for the local TV station suggested he audition for an opening as a reporter. The station honchos loved what they saw and Kevin became Augusta County Bureau Chief. The job wasn’t as glamorous as it sounds. After a year and a half in small market TV it was time to get back into radio.

Kevin returned to Baltimore and began working for Metro Traffic Control. He soon became the exclusive drive-time anchor for WCBM where he worked on the weekends anchoring newscasts.

After 3 years of doing traffic, Kevin bounced around a bit at stations in St. Louis, Baltimore and Virginia. Including another stint at WCVA, this time as News Director.

By now it’s 1990 and the landscape of radio has changed and it’s time for a new career. Kevin would spend the next 6 years owning or managing restaurants in Baltimore. In 1996 a radio account executive walked through the doors of his restaurant trying to sell time on, of all stations, WITH. Needless to say it was an easy sell. As it turned out there was a part-time opening at the station. After talking with Niles Seaburg, who he had done traffic for at another station years earlier, Kevin was back on the air.

The station was sold the next year and it was back to the restaurant business. Kevin still kept busy doing freelance voice-overs and never lost interest in radio. Kevin kept in touch with Baltimore radio legend, Jack Gale, who he had met during the WITH 50th anniversary in ’96.

In 2006 Kevin got a call from Jack who was buying an oldies station in Dothan, Alabama. Today, Kevin is doing middays on Oldies 700, The Big Wheel, in Dothan, grateful to Jack for calling him back to the business. You can visit Kevin’s website at www.kevinlarkin.com or Oldies 700 at www.oldies700.net.

  

 
     

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