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Keith was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He attended UNC-CH between 1980 and 1984 where he earned a BA in English and Philosophy. Keith has always had an interest in radio. He built an AM transmitter from a Radio Shack kit when he was 7 and began broadcasting to his neighbors.
Since then he's worked in both commercial and non-commercial radio - from classic rock to country music - landing at WUNC in 1987. Keith hosted classical music and co-hosted the afternoon mix of jazz, classical, folk, and news on WUNC until 2001. Since then he's been a producer/director for The State of Things and currently is the station's web master and Back Porch Music host on Sunday evenings.
In his early teens he collected QSL cards by listening to shortwave stations broadcasting from Holland, Australia, USSR, South Africa, Canada, China, and dozens of other locations. He still dusts off his shortwave set from time to time to try to pull in a distant station.
Keith is interested in a wide range of music, from Gyorgi Legetti to Yo La Tengo and collects obscure 1960s psychedelic recordings. He owns a guitar - but hasn't yet fully captured the nuances of "Smoke on the Water." He admits to being an Internet addict, reads too much E. A. Poe (his favorite) and likes watching movies by his distant relative, Oliver Hardy (of Laurel and Hardy fame). A North Carolina native, his family can trace roots in NC back to the 1780s. For more than 12 years, Keith also ran an alternative music on-line radio station, Deeper Into Music.
Keith's radio resume includes stints spinning adult contemporary hits at WCHL (Chapel Hill), playing hot country music at now-defunct WRBX (Durham), spinning "North Carolina BEST rock" at WKZL (Winston-Salem), college radio DJing for WXYC (Chapel Hill) and briefly playing classical music at WFDD (Winston-Salem) and college radio DJing for WXDU (Durham).