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HOLY S**T, IT'S BEEN 20 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT TWO DECADES HAVE GONE BY SINCE THE MIGHTY ROCKET 101 BLASTED OFF IN 1989. I REMEMBER THE BUZZ AND ANTICIPATION THAT SURROUNDED THE ARRIVAL OF ERIE'S NEWEST RADIO STATION....THE NON-STOP BEATLES FEST AND THEN THE EXPLOSION OF CHEERS WHEN ERIE FINALLY GOT A TRUE ROCK STATION. THE FIRST TIME I SAW THE STATION VEHICLES AND LOGOS AT ERIE DAYS I KNEW THAT THE MARKET WAS IN FOR A DRAMATIC CHANGE. K1O4 AND JET102...THEN THE GIANTS OF RADIO IN THE AREA QUICKLY FELT THE BRUNT AND BECAME EXTINCT DINOSAURS ...THE ROCKET WAS HERE TO STAY! I JOINED THE STAFF IN JULY OF 1991 AS THE 7-MIDNIGHT JOCK...IN 2 MONTHS I WOULD JOIN THE ROCKET MORNING CREW WITH DEBBIE IRELAND. THE EARLY YEARS OF THE SHOW WERE CRAZY TIMES..ON-AIR AND OFF. WORKING AT OUR ORIGINAL STUDIOS IN NORTHEAST WAS A SPECIAL TIME IN MY LIFE THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER WITH GREAT FONDNESS....IT WAS OUR RADIO CLUBHOUSE, ANYTHING WAS POSSIBLE. MUCH OF THE FREEDOM TO CREATE WAS GENERATED BY THE INFECTIOUS ENERGY OF ROCKET'S ORIGINAL OWNER RICK RAMBALDO. RICK ALLOWED US TO BE ORIGINAL AND WORK HARD AT IT. TODAY'S RADIO LACKS THAT TYPE OF LEADERSHIP AND I AM THANKFUL THAT I WAS ABLE TO DEVELOP DURING THE PRIME OF MY CAREER UNDER RICK. AFTER DEBBIE LEFT RADIO I WAS JOINED BY MY "POLISH PRINCESS" NAT THE HAT. WHODUTHUNK WE WOULD STILL BE TOGETHER AFTER ALL THESE YEARS? THE GOOD TIMES WITH GUESTS AND FRIENDS ARE TOO MANY TO RECOUNT, BUT WE HAVE A HAVE HAD A BLAST. DURING MY TIME AT THE STATION I MET MY WIFE, PROPOSED TO HER ON THE AIR AND AM NOW THE FATHER OF WONDERFUL LITTLE BOY NAMED JACK. 20 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIPS WITH CO-WORKERS AND LISTENERS...PRICELESS. ROCKET'S SUCCESS IS DUE TO A GREAT STAFF, GREAT LISTENERS AND A GREAT AREA TO BROADCAST IN. I HOPE TO BE WRITING ANOTHER TRIBUTE IN 20 YEARS TO THIS LEGENDARY RADIO STATION.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES (AND THE MAMMORIES)
MOJO MCKAY