79
tom z profile image

tom z

Tom Zarecki

Joined 6 years ago from Danbury, CT

36

92

42

OK, ready?  Here's my story, specially edited so more people will read it:

QUICK BIO 

My parents were of mixed heritage:  male and female.  Um...

Despite this rocky beginning, I ended up as a radio announcer and radio industry spokesperson, musician, writer/columnist for radio trade magazines, an editor/writer for a very successful group of hyper-local newsblogs, and a non-boring college instructor at a major university in Connecticut, USA.

ON THE AIR, OFF THE AIR:  I was a radio DJ (in the 60's & 70's), then...

A studio engineer at WABC & WPLJ radio in New York City (in the 70's), then...

A nationwide radio programming consultant (in the 80's & 90's). 

Also spent 14 years as head writer / director of marketing & PR for Radio Computing Services, Inc. (RCS) the world's largest radio software company (1993 - 2006).  In fact, I still host a radio program every weekend (see below).

I've visited 49 states (Alaska), and have spoken at radio industry events throughout the USA and the UK, the Netherlands, Singapore and Australia. 

OVER 1,000 EVENTS:  As a mobile DJ in the 80's and 90's I entertained at over a thousand wedding receptions, anniversaries, picnics, parties, boat launchings, nightclubs and yes, even divorce parties!

WHAT DJs LEARN: 

(1) Everyone's musical taste is different. 

(2) Respect all musical genres because each has millions of legitimate fans. 

(3)  All SUCCESSFUL musical performers create a "mashup" of art, science, psychology, culture...and music.  

 

CURRENT POSITIONS

(1) Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT USA.  Adjunct professor, Communication Dept.  and Marketing Dept.  Courses taught: Radio Workshop, Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting, Communication Internship, Principles of Marketing.  Also, faculty advisor for campus station WXCI-FM & WXCI.org.  www.wcsu.edu 

(2) "The Weekend Wakeup Show", WJMJ Radio, Hartford CT:  Host/DJ, Saturdays, WJMJ 88.9FM & www.WJMJ.org, 6AM to Noon.  A unique blend of music from many genres, from Sinatra to Adele and tons in-between.

(3) Editor, HamletHub.com, Danbury South region:  I'm the editor for this region of a group of fast-moving writers and locals throughout New England and Eastern New York State.    

Want more?  For way too much info about me, view the "about" section on my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/TomZarecki) or connect with me and read my profile on LinkedIn (www.LinkedIn.com/IN/TomZarecki).   

Hobbies:  Music, History, Geography, Tennis... and Pizza.   

Contact me:  text/cell:  914 548 4948.  Email:  tomZshow@gmail.com    

Tom Z (Tom Zarecki, Danbury CT USA)

My Content: Hubs, Answers, and Forums

Show: All
  • All
  • Business and Employment (1)
  • Education and Science (7)
  • Entertainment and Media (18)
  • Food and Cooking (1)
  • Politics and Social Issues (1)
  • Technology (7)
  • Travel and Places (1)
  • 2

    HASH-TAGGERY: #Tips for #Tweeting!

    2 years ago

    One of the most common questions by Twitter newbies: what good is it for me to tweet something when I only have 20 followers? The "hashtag" is the way to get your message to hundreds, thousands, and...

  • 9

    Best PIZZA places in the world! Still missing: your nominees...

    5 years ago

    Begin drooling now. Mmmmmmm. This pie is from Modern Apizza in New Haven, Connecticut USA. Thanks to Bruce Marshall for the yummy photo. Hey! where did that first slice go already? When you think of GREAT PIZZA,...

  • 3

    Song LYRICS help hits happen

    4 years ago

    LISTENING TO LYRICS: To find out the message of a song, you've gotta listen to the words, or LYRICS. A song's lyrics are critical to proper interpretation of its meaning. Some contemporary songs have a powerful...

  • 2

    "We Are One" songs from the Obama Inaugural Concert, Washington, DC (1/18/09)

    5 years ago

    Here's a complete song list, in order, of ALL the music performed this afternoon (January 18, 2009) at the "We Are One" Inaugural concert celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama and honoring Abraham...

  • 5

    The feeling of JAZZ ...in just six songs!

    4 years ago

    All that JAZZ history Jazz is an American music genre which can be traced back to the the 1920s and is a combination of dixieland, blues, and swing music. One of the most unique characteristics of Jazz is that no two...

  • 0

    COUNTRY music history...in six songs!

    5 years ago

    Country music is all about the STORY. Country songs have a PLOT. Unlike other genres, country songs literally tell stories that are easy to understand and universal in appeal. More than all other genres, the stories...

  • 2

    HIPHOP music history ...in seven songs!

    4 years ago

    Although hiphop was originally meant to refer to the urban lifestyle and rap was meant to refer to the music of the urban lifestyle, today the two terms hiphop and rap are often used interchangably for each other. ...

  • 0

    Washington DC sets up shop...on YouTube!

    5 years ago

    Pick a state and watch senate & house members' YouTube videos, a new way for elected officials to communicate directly with the public. Even though yesterday was a Sunday, the United States Congress spent time on...

  • 1

    How to start a conversation: a million ways with a "Power Phrase"

    5 years ago

    Very often in society there are situations where YOU can be the conversation starter - YOU can be the person who "kicks off" a short dialog - YOU can be the one to set the tone for the next few seconds of...

  • 2

    Songs of Protest, Revolution & Change in America

    4 years ago

    From the 1950's through today, there have been times of major social upheaval in the United States, when the political climate was ripe for change, especially during the race riots and segregation of the 50's...

  • 0

    CIA Directors in the USA (all 21 of them)

    5 years ago

    In 1946, the year after World War Two ended, US president Harry Truman created the director of central intelligence. The next year, the American congress passed the National Security Act of 1947, which reorganized...

  • 4

    "CAR TUNES" songs keep you awake on the road!

    5 years ago

    This list of "Car Tunes" are great travelling songs for your car or truck.  Songs that make your drive come alive! An article by hubber Angela Harris called "Playlist of Best Road Trip...

  • 1

    The USA's 67 Secretaries of State: from Thomas Jefferson to Hillary Clinton, 1789 - 2012

    2 years ago

    The United States has had a Secretary of State the same year the country began having Presidents:  1789, a full 13 years after the nation's birth in 1776.  . The Secretary of State plays a...

  • 2

    The USA's 47 Vice Presidents: John Adams to Joe Biden, 1789-2009

    5 years ago

    There have been 47 vice presidents of the United States of America, some VPs are VERY well known, others COMPLETELY obscure. Fate and forturnes often play a hand determining in which column each VP ends up. Q: Are...

  • 5

    Washington to Obama: The USA's 44 Presidents, 1789 - 2009

    4 years ago

    Here's a handy list of the Presidents of the United States, in the order they served, beginning with the 1st president, George Washington, "the father of our country" who took office in 1789, and ending with...

  • 1

    Top 10 DEFINING DOCUMENTS in American History

    5 years ago

    Of the millions of documents pushed across desks, jammed into file cabinets and argued over by politicians, which ones are most important to the United States of America? Which documents defined, more than any others,...

  • 0

    BEST PODCASTS from December 2008

    5 years ago

    It's ironic: Although I have written some realllly cool HubPages articles on the history of rock & alt rock music (here), another fun one tracing disco & dance music (here), still another on country, jazz and...

  • 1

    Radio's Strange New Online Lingo

    5 years ago

    Let's look at the LINGO: the words of Internet streaming and their rough equivalents to radio terms. ENCODER: a piece of software which “transmits” a radio station's audio over the Internet for listeners...

  • 0

    Spot streaming? Stop screaming! Radio's online AD insertion is becoming CONTENT insertion.

    5 years ago

    As far back as 1999 and 2000, the radio business was trumpeting non-traditional revenue (NTR) through ad insertion. The industry gave lip service to this budding technology, then came the Internet bust. Now, nearly...

  • 0

    ROCK & ALT ROCK music history (with 19 music videos!)

    5 years ago

    The Beatles - As the 1960's evolved from rock'n'roll to pop rock to psychedelic rock to the many other forms of rock, so did the Beatles. Although the Beatles were together as an international sensation for only 6...

  • 0

    DISCO & SOUL music history (also Dance and R&B) - links to 13 songs!

    5 years ago

    Barry White: One of the first artists of the 1970's to popularize the "sound" of what later became known as disco music was Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra. A classically-trained piano player,...

  • 0

    Origins of POPULAR music, part 2 ("The Big Generational LINE")

    5 years ago

    Not only were the 1960s important in the development of popular music, those same years (1960-1969) were important years in the cultural evolution of the United States of America as well. Since this is an article on...

  • 0

    TOP PODCASTS of September 2008

    5 years ago

    "The Rachel Maddow Show" (video) - The host of the newly-minted talk program called "The Rachel Maddow Show", she can be seen weeknights on US cable network MSNBC, or whenever you want if you...

  • 2

    SOCIAL MEDIA's six genres

    4 weeks ago

    Don't be confused. In fact, if you have ANY interest in marketing, advertising, promotion or building awareness of yourself, your skills, your product, service or web site, you need to "get your head around"...

  • 0

    Origins of POPULAR music, part 1

    5 years ago

    Once rock'n'roll exploded onto the American music and cultural scene in the mid 1950s, the scene was set for a variety of musical movements to take root and begin growing in the 1960s. IMPORTANT: when people refer to...

  • 5

    Music Vocabulary

    5 years ago

    This article contains some basic musical terms and explanations. Understanding these words will be valuable in this course (and in the rest of your life!) as you learn more about how to talk about music to others, using...

  • 2

    MOST DOWNLOADED PODCASTS on July 1, 2008

    5 years ago

    Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer is here and already heating up people's homes and lives. Which podcasts are getting the most attention this season? Here's a clue: Kids, cars & comedy. TOP CATS (categories)...

  • 0

    Great MELODY is music's "face"

    5 years ago

    Let's explore MELODY in a bit more detail then we have in previous chapters.  This chapter is dedicated to the first of the three 'building blocks of music": MELODY. Some argue that a song's melody is most...

  • 1

    Great HARMONY: the "meat" of music

    5 years ago

    The lead singer in any song is important, of course. But often, it's the HARMONY around the lead singer that makes or breaks a song. Or, the best harmonies can turn a good song into an instant classic which people will...

  • 6

    Great RHYTHMS are music's "bones"!

    5 years ago

    Let's discuss the use of RHYTHM in popular music as it was used in every decade from the 1950's to today.   This article will use the June, 2008 death of rock pioneer Bo Diddley, to show how the rhythmic...

  • 0

    15 Top PODCASTS as of June 1, 2008

    17 months ago

    This month, let's COMBINE all the iTunes categories and countdown the most popular podcasts with the absolute most downloads over the past 30 days. CATEGORY DOWNLOADED MORE THAN ANY OTHER: COMEDY! No joke, let's...

  • 0

    Music's DNA: Melody, Harmony, Rhythm

    18 months ago

    Every song has its own musical DNA, made up of three elements which are present in every popular song from every genre. Those three building blocks of music's DNA which exist in every song are MELODY, HARMONY and...

  • 6

    A quick history of contemporary music, from the 50's to today

    5 years ago

    Understanding music of the times provides a unique mirror of current events, trends and movements in the USA. Beginning with this article, I'll be pointing you to some of the most successful and popular musical...

  • 2

    Top 15 Most POPULAR PODCASTS - May 1, 2008

    5 years ago

    With so many podcasts out there, how can you find the MOST POPULAR podcasts without spending hours listening to all of them? Easy...just check out this HOT list of COOL content: Category / Name / Source #1...

  • 10

    Work in radio THIS WEEK! 6 simple steps

    5 years ago

    Every day, radio stations in the USA and around the world are tolerating people on their staffs who just aren't that friendly. Frankly, the managers of that station would LOVE to replace that dull or shy person with...

  • 2

    The POWER PEOPLE of PLAYLISTS - Learn who's behind the music you love

    5 years ago

    Most people LOVE music. Many speak passionately about it: "I love MY music", "MY playlists rock!", "On my iPod I've got all MY favorite songs", "I keep a box of CDs in my car with all...

Please wait working