Don Sundeen (@TheRealDonRocks)
Don Sundeen is a former record industry promotion executive and founder of The Don Rocks. His long, strange trip through the record industry began as disc jockey Donnie Sunday, continued as record spinner Donnie Dare, and eventually led to a crazy career as a record promotion man. Today, he's sharing his experiences and expertise with the world.
A native of Mexia, Texas, John Hale spent more than three decades in broadcasting as an on-air talent, news anchor, music and production director, news director, and programming operations manager. Stations he has worked at include KTRH and KULF in Houston, WOAI and KONO/KITY-FM in San Antonio, KLBJ, KVET/KASE, KEYI-FM in Austin, KIKN in Corpus Christi, KIKM in Sherman & Denison, and WACO in Waco. He was also the owner-operator of Mobile Magic Music, a mobile entertainment service that provided music and entertainment for special occasions for over two decades. Hale as acquired a considerable knowledge of popular music of virtually all genres going back more than six decades. He is currently retired and living in McKinney, Texas, and works as an adjunct instructor at two law enforcement academies, as well as doing Dallas-Fort Worth traffic weekends for Sirius Satellite Radio and the Total Traffic Network.
Chuck Krall is a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles, Ca. He has worked extensively in the entertainment industry, providing photographs for publicity and marketing campaigns for many major music labels including Columbia, Epic, Warner Brothers, Capitol, Polydor, Arista, and Motown. His work has appeared in countless publications including Billboard, Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, New Musical Express, Time, Newsweek, People, US, Playboy, Globe, and The Star.
Born in 1948 and bread-and-buttered in Detroit, Doug Morgan has at various times been a country DJ, rock DJ, and radio station owner – all sandwiched within a 35-year career in retail. Somewhere in the early 1960s he discovered music, and "the spirit" of it all never left him. A 35-year resident of the Wenatchee, Washington area, he enjoys the backwater of music most, and will be sharing his opinions every so often. Stay tuned…
I started life as a human being and it's seemed to have all gone downhill from there. I lied my way into my first radio gig in 1968 at WDIG-AM in Dothan, AL after a stint in the US Army, went on to WABB-AM in Mobile, WRNO-FM in New Orleans, to WYSP-FM in Philadelphia, back to New Orleans and a number of different stations for a few years (AOR and Lite Rock), got really bored with the tightly formatted, machine-like direction broadcasting was taking and moved on to a 15 year career in Information Technology. I'm back to playing radio guy on a part-time basis at the New Orleans Entercom group of stations herding cats (talk radio hosts) as a lowly board op and having fun producing music sets for a select few relatives, broadcasting and music people doing a type of format I'd had in mind for quite some time.
Jacqui Kramer is a marketing manager and writer who has spent a lifetime singing along to the radio and occasionally in front of large groups of people. She is the site manager and community manager for The Don Rocks, but perhaps more importantly, she's also The Don's daughter. When she's not managing the site, she can be found on Twitter @grrlgotgame.