Dann Shively Interview: Early Radio Days

by Alex Cosper on Feb. 6, 2012



Here's part 2 of 5 brief interviews with Dann Shively, who talks about his radio career before entering television. He started out spinning tunes at a low budget daytime-only Vallejo station in 1958. It was a time when DJs played their own selections but also had to work somewhere else to afford working in radio. A decade later he was as Sac State's KERS along with future KZAP jocks Charlie Weiss and Paul Merriam. His first television job was working part time at KVIE Channel 6 as a cameraman and then worked as a production assistant at KXTV Channel 10.

Dann then was drafted and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late sixties. His experience put him in the public affairs department. After a few years Dann returned to Channel 10 as production assistant and learned more about television before getting deeper into reporting radio news. He also retured to radio at country AM station KRAK doing a Sunday morning show. After that he did weekend news on KXOA FM, which working at Channel 10. He then moved to Chico to learn a lot more about film editing. He came back to Sacramento in 1972 to work for KCRA radio then televsion.

The interview was conducted Feb. 1, 2012 and presents interesting local radio history. As Dann points out, times have changed for people pursing radio jobs. It used to be, as he describes, you could meet with a radio owner and promise to sweep the floors and next thing you knew you were doing a radio show. It's amazing that Dann did it when he was only 12 years old. He is happy to have been a part of that era.

Dann Shively Interview (Part 1): Pilot of the Airwaves
Dann Shively Interview (Part 2): Early Radio Days
Dann Shively Interview (Part 3): Helicopter Stories
Dann Shively Interview (Part 4): Live TV Reporting
Dann Shively Interview (Part 5): Sacramento Traffic


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