Cruisin' 92.1, WVLT's Dave Michaels January 14, 2003 at Cruisin' 92.1, WVLT
Dave Michaels was born into a "radio family" in 1961. His father, veteran South Jersey broadcaster Pat Delsi, is well known in the Delaware Valley. Dave says: From the earliest days I can remember, I've always been thrilled by radio. Sitting on my Dad's lap while he was on the air was just about the best thing in the world next to ice cream and Bazooka Joe Bubble Gum.
By Junior High, Dave was dj'ing the school dances, probably, he says, because I loved collecting records; 45's were great. It developed into Dave's passion and by the time he was graduated from high school, he got his first real job in radio. "That means I actually got paid, not much," Dave added, "but hey, it didn't matter, I was on the air."
As a kid, he would love to hang out at the small New Jersey radio station his dad owned, WSSJ, previously WCAM in Camden, New Jersey. He did "anything from filing records to emptying trash cans. Michaels stated, "Come to think of it, I am still emptying trash cans....
"I was lucky enough to go get coffee for radio greats like Rick Anthony, Jack Lamar, Tommy McCarthy and Bob Pantano, even The Geator, Jerry Blavat heard daily over Cruisin' 92.1, WVLT from 5 pm to 7 pm. "Just to watch these guys work was a lesson in radio. Ever since, radio has always been a part of my life," Dave mentions. He then added, "I've been fortunate enough to make a living doing what I love.
Dave Michaels is a true broadcast professional. "I think," Dave uttered, "the best part of radio is the listeners." "They make it happen," our afternoon DJ said, "When I get a chance to meet a contest winner or people at a live remote, you make a connection that's hard to put into words, but it's neat!" Michaels thinks that even talking on the phone to someone celebrating a birthday or anniversary is wonderful. To be a small part of that is, Dave spoke, "pretty cool!"
Dave runs a DJ entertainment company called, "Dave Michaels' Original Productions, a.k.a., D.M.O. Productions. His company offers disc jockey entertainment for weddings, corporate affairs, socials, parties or just about any reason you can think of celebrate.
"I think being a mobile DJ, "Dave stated, "takes my radio dj'ing to another level." "I still get to talk to lots of people, but at the weddings and affairs, I get to be up close and personal with hundreds of people I've never met." "What a charge I get, he mentioned, " when everyone is in the same groove!"
Dave Michaels loves to dance, especially country dancing and swing. However, "give me a beat, baby," Dave says, "and we are dancing to anything." Dave and his wife, Karen, have three children. "Life pretty much revolves around my family and disc jockeying, and I wouldn't have it any other way," Michaels expressed, "except maybe with more money and less bills!"
He plays several musical instruments, even if it's only a couple of tunes, but he has fun. As far as singing goes, "don't ask my wife," Dave muses, "but I sing in the church choir and nobody complains, I think."
Dave Michaels is into any and all sports. He also enjoys the Internet and computers. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.