Dale Wood

1998 - Disc Jockey

Dale saw his radio career begin in 1946, in Tucumcari, New Mexico. His talents took him to such locations as Clovis in New Mexico, Waterloo in Iowa, and finally to KOEL in Oelwein in 1955.


At KOEL, Dale quickly was promoted to the position of station manager, and he soon found rock and roll was a big hit with the listeners.


Dale is recognized as being one of the first radio DJs in the state to start playing the rock format on AM radio.


As a way to promote his station and his show, he began to support record hops and live appearances with the legendary heroes of rock and roll such as Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Dion & The Belmonts, Bobby Darin and Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps.


In 1957, Dale along with Leonard Matter brought Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps to Decorah's Matter's Ballroom for a sellout, turn-away crowd - that was the first time Matters featured rock and roll.


In 1967, Dale's radio career took him to Wichita, Kansas and then later back to New Mexico. Today Dale and his wife Anita are retired and call Ruidoso, New Mexico home. In his spare time, Dale does some work with the horse racing industry.



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