I caught the radio bug at Centenary College at WNTI-FM. My first job was in Allentown, Pennsylvania at WSAN-AM, a free-form progressive rock station where I played the debut albums by Boston, Piper featuring Billy Squier, Supertramp, Joan Armatrading, Budgie and other new bands.
A highlight of my career was the work I did in television. I had my own show on KYW-TV in Philadelphia called "The Rock 'n Roll Show" that aired once a month from 1979-81. I also appeared every Saturday night on Eyewitness News with a report I created called "The Rock Review". During this time I interviewed a LOT of rock stars.
One of the bands I featured on the show was a new group from Ireland called U2. It was their first appearance on American television ( 2 months before Tom Snyder). After my interview with Bono at the KYW-TV studio at 5th & Market Streets, I drove Bono to his gig at the Bijou Cafe on Lombard Street and met the band. They performed for about fifty people that night. Many years later after they became the biggest band in the world, I saw Bono again and he remembered our time together.
From 1983-1996 during my tenure at 93.3 FM WMMR, I hosted and produced "Street Beat" the first show of its kind in Philadelphia. The hour-long weekly show featured new, original music from area artists giving them valuable radio exposure to help their career. The most notable band that was first played on Street Beat was Live who went on to be named Band of the Year in 1995 by Rolling Stone Magazine. Other bands that were regularly played include The Dead Milkmen, Kenn Kweder, The Innocence Mission, Bricklin, and WNOC just to name a few.
Since 2005, I've been at Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK, Philadelphia, on the air Saturdays 11am-4pm.
Professional voice-over work is something I've done throughout my career as a member of AFTRA, (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). You never know when you might hear my voice on a telephone on-hold system, radio commercial, or out of the ceiling of a retail outlet!
I also work in films as a bit player. I've worked in almost all of M. Night Shyamalan's films including The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. I interacted with Mark Wahlberg in The Lovely Bones directed by Peter Jackson. My other film work includes Rocky Balboa, In Her Shoes and How Do you Know starring Reese Witherspoon. I've been a member of SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) since 1980.
In 2010, I wrote a book with my sister about our great grand uncle, called Fred Wagner An American Painter (1860-1940). It was published by xLibris and is only available online. We curated two exhibitions of his paintings in celebration of the book - at The Woodmere Art Museum and the Philadelphia Sketch Club.