Vox Mullen here; and I’m joining the crew here on the Totally 80s Club website. I’ll be posting a weekly with a topic near and dear to my heart…. history. In the coming weeks, you’ll be seeing posts from me titled “This Week in the 80s”, where I look back on the musical moments (and the real world history) that make the 80s so special to all of us.
Before we jump into the time machine, a bit about me, at least the RL version of Vox – and yes, that’s my RL nickname. But that’s a story for another time.
The RL version of Vox actually was a radio DJ. I started right out of college (University of New Mexico) in 1986 at a small station in Redding, CA. Radio was what I always wanted to do, and I sent a demo tape in response to an ad, looking for a couple staff DJs. KPAK called and offered me a spot on air for weekends ($8.00 an hour was HUGE back then to a 22 year old!). I didn’t find out until I toured the station that they played Country music. (add sad trombone sound here)
I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. After a couple months, I was promoted to a full time spot… overnights. It took about a year to realize that small town northern California just wasn’t for me, and took a job at a station in coastal San Luis Obispo, CA.
I spent the next 7 years bouncing around four different stations there, playing all kinds of musical genres (Light Hits, Country and Oldies) before I found my real home at news and talk station KVEC.
KVEC had just picked up the contract to broadcast Cal Poly football and basketball. The General Manger there was familiar with my work calling high school football games for another station and offered me the position.
In 1998, we lost the contract to another station (who wanted to use their own staff announcers); and I needed a change of scenery.
On a whim, I talked to the General Manager of a brand new television station in Palm Springs – Fox 11. Fox 11 was getting a news department put together, and somehow they offered the sports anchor job to me. They put a lot of faith in an radio sports guy with zero television experience; and for that, I’ll always be thankful.
Now 22 years later, I’ll be bringing you the stories of the 80s music you hear at the club, and occasional personal memories of that decade.
I’ll see you at the club.