Dave Skill’s radio career began in the fall of 1964 when he arrived on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. Dave barely got his bags unpacked when he paid a visit to WCHC, the campus radio station. And, before he knew it, he was spending so much time as a disc jockey and news writer/reporter, it seemed like he was majoring in “radio” and minoring in academics at “The Cross”. As you might imagine, his grades reflected it! During his junior and senior years, he also worked weekends in news and as a disc jockey at WNEB, the CBS radio affiliate in Worcester at the time.
After graduation in 1968, radio took a back seat in Dave’s life as he spent the next fifteen years first in retail operations, and then in the computer software industry.
It wasn’t until 1984 when radio again entered his life. After seeing an article in a local newspaper about the Talking Information Center, a radio reading service for the blind and visually impaired based in Marshfield. he called to ask the station manager if he could use any weekend help. At the time, TIC was located in a storefront in downtown Marshfield, MA.
He said Yes. Dave said Great.
In 1987, WATD’s owner, Ed Perry, built a state-of-the-art broadcast facility on Enterprise Drive in Marshfield, less than a mile away from his station’s old home. The new building also became the new home to TIC. Interestingly enough, TIC moved in and began broadcasting months before the WATD staff arrived.
Shortly after WATD began broadcasting in its new building, Ed Perry and Dave ran into each other one Sunday afternoon. Ed asked if Dave might be interested in doing some part time work on his station.
Dave said Yes. Ed said Great.Well, to make a long story short, in 1988 Dave’s full-time day job evaporated altogether during a corporate takeover and he wound up becoming a full-time employee at WATD in news, sales and even as a fill-in disc jockey. And, hes been making the trek from Canton to Marshfield since then often at the ungodly hour of 3:30 AM.
But, Dave, like so many others who have been bitten by the radio “bug”, will attest: “radio is the most fun you can have…with your clothes on!
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