Skip’s background in country music goes back to the early 1980’s with stations like KVOO (1983), KIIM/KCUB in Tucson (1984), and KSON in San Diego (1992). The talented deejay came to Tampa Bay in 1998 from WCOL in Columbus, OH to join CBS/Infinity’s WQYK as the new morning show host, succeeding Tom Rivers.
In 2005, he surprised everyone with the announcement that he was leaving to join another station in the market, Clear Channel’s upstart country outlet US103.5 WFUS. Four years later, he found himself pink-slipped with hundreds of other company personnel nationwide in a major staff reduction measure, and returned to Tulsa’s KVOO where he had worked 25 years earlier.
When the Tulsa gig ended in January 2011, Skip returned to Tampa Bay’s airwaves the following July with an afternoon talk show that was simulcast over local AM’s WTAN and WDCF.
The CMA and Academy of Country Music member was certainly not without plenty of honors. He was nominated for Billboard Magazine’s Air Personality of the Year in 1998 and won it in 2001. He was a nominee in 2002 and 2003 for Radio & Records’ Country Air Personality of the Year, and a nominee for the Academy of Country Music’s Personality of the Year in 2005.
Over the years, he’s won the Country Music Association’s Major Market Personality of the Year in 2001and 2003 (after being a nominee in 2000), and its Large Market Personality of the Year in 1996 (and a nominee in 1995). Plus, he’s the only broadcaster to win the CMA Broadcast Personality Award three times.
During his first stay in Tampa Bay, Skip was also a country music field reporter for WTSP-TV Channel 10 and WFLA-TV Channel 8, and a co-host of “Hot Country Hits” on WFTS-TV Channel 28 (2001-2002).
1998 - 2009 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)
2011 - 2011 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)