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Who are you? What show are you on/when are you on the air? Dave "DG" Gillen- weekends Where are you from? Buffalo born and raised When did you start at mix/townsquare/radio? When the station went on the air What made you want to get into radio/how did you end up here? I have been in radio since I was in high school and have worked at nearly every major station in Buffalo in some capacity Program Director/Assistant PD/ Music Director/ DJ. I ended up at Mix96 because I think it's the most exciting thing to happen to Buffalo radio in years. The station sounds great and I believe it will be a winner and who wouldn't want to be on a winning team? What was your first day on the air like? It's been 15 years since I've been on the air on a regular basis. A lot has changed since then, so becoming familiar with the technology used in radio today was a bit nerve racking... the talking part... no problem! I can babble with the best of them! What’s your favorite thing about radio? Radio is immediate and intimate. We have the ability to touch people's lives on a daily basis in a way that makes us a part of their lives. I always strive to have an emotional connection between myself and the audience... plus I play great music...it doesn't get any better than that! What’s your favorite thing about Buffalo? We have so much in this town. Great food, great sports (even better when they win), lots of culture in museums, architecture and theater. If you can find something to do, you have a serious problem, and oh yeah the other thing we all overlook.... Niagara Falls. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? It varies from week to week... I like everything from current music to classic rock, 80's new wave, EDM, current country and my specialty....disco. If you had a super power what would it be? To know what people are thinking If I opened your fridge, what would I see? V-8, A-1 and Worchester sauce, green olives. I love a good bloody mary! Favorite movie, favorite quote from that movie? I haven't seen a movie in over 10 years. Or favorite quote in general? Some things are better left unsaid Who’s your favorite artist/band that you’ve met or who do you want to meet most? I've met a lot of cool people over my career. My favorite and most down to earth was Phil Collins... we talked for about a half hour before one of his shows at HSBC. Nastiest ( and I use that word to candy coat it) person I ever met was Vanessa Williams... and I didn't even ask her to autograph my copy of Penthouse! What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? Listening to music, enjoying appetizers and cocktails or better yet, enjoying appetizers and cocktails while listening to music! Favorite studio/on-air memory? In the 80's, I worked at WNYS and we had this super high energy DJ Shotgun Johnny "Rock N Roll" Ringo that did 7p-Midnight. He was a super fast talking guy, really high strung. He was about 6' 7". One night I was in the studio as he was going on the air. The microphone was bolted to the console and he stands up on the console , holding the microphone in his hand, screaming at the top of his lungs over a song intro and rips the microphone right out of the console.... funniest thing I ever saw. Should've seen the look on his face! Who’s the easiest jock to make fun of at mix? (we all know it’s Dan, anyways) Dan/Marc/ Bobby O... I'm not prejudice... I'll pick on anyone! Describe yourself/your life in one word. Busy Include any other interesting things about yourself.. I am President of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and The Buffalo-Niagara Hall of Fame (an interactive museum with the broadcasters, music and sports hall of fames). I was the co-founder of the World's Largest Disco with Dave Pietrowski. I have many gold records for breaking songs for great artists like the B-52's/Madonna/Miami Sound Machine to name a few. I am blessed to have been able to do what I love doing in my hometown for most of my career. And a link to your favorite youtube video/baby animal picture/gif/anything else PUBLIC social media if you have them: Facebook:
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