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One hit from two attacks

You probably already know that REM got the title to the song, "What's The Frequency, Kenneth" from Dan Rather's account of his mugging in 1986. His attackers kept repeating a version of that phrase as they beat him. But, did you know that another attack took place while recording the song? And it was captured on tape!

While REM was recording, bassist, Mike Mills was suffering an appendicitis attack. On the original recording, you can even hear Mike slowing down just a bit as his pain was increasing, but he kept on plucking.

When the song was over, he was rushed to the hospital.

The appendix was a lost cause, but they kept the take and the song was the first ever to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Charts in September of 1994.

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I was born on a secluded island off the North Atlantic that the Lenape Tribe called Manna-hatta. My earliest memory was being smacked on the butt to the sounds of "That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly & The Crickets. It was then I decided to get into radio.

Fast forward 20 years and failed attempts at becoming an astronaut and professional baseball player.

Like Bruce Springsteen before me, I was asked to leave Ocean County College, but not before I made my mark on the radio station there. Actually more like several cigarette burns on the carpet. My professional radio career began at a small station in Ship Bottom, NJ, followed by stops in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Columbus, New York City and finally winding up in Phoenix.

The best part about what I do for a living? It has never felt like work, especially at 98.7 The Peak. Great people, fantastic music and the best listeners in The Valley. Plus, I get paid!

When I'm not on the radio, I like to spend time with my wife and dogs, eat bacon cheeseburgers or spaghetti, and watch X-Files or West Wing DVDs.

I'm on the air weeknights at 7. Don't be a stranger. Text 411987.

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