Oedipus’ radio career began in 1975 as a D.J. at M.I.T.’s college station WTBS (today WMBR). He gained notoriety by starting the first Punk Rock radio show in America, introducing Punk and New Wave to Boston and to the country. As acknowledged in Gina Arnold’s book Route 666: On the Road to Nirvana, “Oedipus, the pink haired D.J. at M.I.T., who ran the first Punk Rock show in America” did the first radio interviews with The Ramones, Talking Heads and The Damned, among others. In 1977, Oedipus convinced WBCN to hire him as a part-time announcer to bring his cutting edge sounds to the airwaves. He soon had a full time shift, and in 1981 he was named Program Director.
Under his tutelage, WBCN dominated the Boston airwaves with consistently high ratings by weaving the station into the fabric of the Boston community through innovative programming and numerous charitable events. The station was recognized as an industry leader in breaking new music and received countless awards for its successes. Multiple Billboard, FMQB, and Gavin Magazine award recipient for best Program Director of the Year, Oedipus hosted the acclaimed “Nocturnal Emissions” for over 25 years delivering the most provocative new tracks every Sunday night.
In 1995, Oedipus was named Vice President of Programming for WBCN, and in the spring of 1997, he was feted by the music industry as the T. J. Martell Honoree of the year. At the Hard Rock Café in New York, Oedipus was roasted by the likes of Aerosmith, Joey Ramone, and Marla Maples and raised a tidy six-figure sum for the T. J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s charity. In May 2001 Boston Magazine named Oedipus the third most influential person in the arts in Boston.
When the Police were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, they thanked him personally for their initial support in America. Oedipus is a member of the Board of Directors for Mobius (an artist-run center for experimental work in all media), Stop Handgun Violence, and The Technology Broadcasting Corporation of MIT. He is a member of the Board of Mentors for Community Servings, an organization that feeds Boston-based families with acute life-threatening illnesses, a director on the board for the Boston Music Awards, a member of the Board of Overseers for the Huntington Theatre and an advisory member of The Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville.
In July of 2003, Oedipus was elevated to Vice President of Alternative Programming for Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio) responsible for 16 alternative and rock stations throughout the country. In the summer of 2004, Oedipus relinquished his programming duties at WBCN but continued as VP of Alternative Programming for CBS for two additional years. This millennium Oedipus co-authored a musical and established his own philanthropic organization, The Oedipus Foundation, dedicated to artistic offense, environmental defense and the enhancement of life. He also attended Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok studying Thai and Thai culture where he met his wife. He now hosts his own website, The Oedipus Project (www.oedipus1.com), podcasting, blogging and championing new, alternative and experimental music.
Oedipus can be found in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, in the Dedicated to the One I Love: Rock and Radio exhibit.