AARON HARPER (News Director)
“The First Voice of WJNR”
I became “hooked” on radio as a career when I was in sixth grade. The teacher took us on a field trip to the local radio station, and, from that day I knew that was what I wanted. I attended my first radio school in Milwaukee after graduation from Iron Mountain High School. Just as I was about to finish that schooling, Uncle Sam made it obvious that I was about to become a military man. As a result, I enlisted in the United States Air Force, where after serving as a law enforcement officer, I was cross-trained to the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. I served six and half years on active duty, mostly all overseas. The only stateside duty was in North Carolina and Montana. Montana is a part of the U.S. that is really impressive. But the draw to return to my hometown was greater plus the fact that I was informed by the then owner of a soon to be on the air radio station, he wanted me to work for him.
Richard Abraham hired me while I was still finishing up my 6-1/2 years in the Air Force. I was the first voice on the air in 1972. I have, and still do, love this business very much. Mostly I think because I am able to continue to be involved in my community and because I love people, and love to help them in any way I can. I have served as News Director since that time and also served as an “on air personality” hosting shows, mostly in the mornings and special programs in the afternoons, “the Country Star Spotlight.” News has also been my passion, and especially enjoy the interview programs that I created nearly thirty years ago.
If there were any other passions in my life I would have to say hunting and fishing and of course, woodworking. I love making home furnishings. As brief as I can be, I have thoroughly loved working in this business and don’t see retirement in sight any time soon. I will continue to be involved and continue to work to inform and at times educate. I have had pleasure of interviewing governors, lawmakers, First Ladies and other key governmental figures and will continue to feature those people, but, of course our local people are the most important. Uniquely, with our location, I work with both Michigan and Wisconsin representatives as well as those on the federal level.
By the way, I also love to cook. I enjoy “scratch cooking,” and try many of the recipes from my youth, handed down from mom and grandma, also new recipes you might find on the Food Network. All in all, I never had any question I chose the right career. I love what I do and enjoy working with this special “family” at our three radio stations. WJNR, WOBE and WHTO, not a job but rather a way of life, and a good one it is.
This is what I am all about….helping as many people as I possibly can by being involved in our schools, the community and never allowing anyone to ever forget what our veterans have done and do for us each and every day. We are blessed!