In 2005 I accepted a job in Bakersfield, Calif., at KBKO-FM. I was hired to compete directly against country legend Buck Owens' KUZZ-FM, which has been a country radio music staple since Buck bought the station in 1966.
I was coming from The Bull in Yakima, having done well in the ratings and I was looking to make my mark in a big city. I thought I was going to take the city by storm, but in the end I realized that there was much more to Bakersfield than just radio ... it had this incredible country music legacy that included Owens and Merle Haggard. I didn't know it at the time, but I was in for a musical education I'd never forget.