of the Month
This is the twenty fifth edition of the Feature of the Month for the South Dakota Rock & Roll Music Association. We are rock and roll fans, and looking to write a feature each month, that will not only bring back wonderful memories, but will also remind us all of the history that was made in our great state of South Dakota. We are hoping to write a feature each month selecting one of the many talented Bands, DJ's, Radio Stations, and Dance Halls throughout SD.
If you love the oldies, you have probably listened to Mylan Ray. He grew up in southwestern Minnesota but as a young adult attended the prestigious Brown Institute in the Twin Cities. His broadcasting career started in Okeechobee, Florida at WOKC and progressed a year later to major market Ft. Lauderdale and station WGMA. These station proved to be a great training ground for Mylan and he was able to perfect his broadcasting skills.
In 1975 Mylan came home and started a career with with KLOH in Pipestone. He became an air personality as well as Program Director and Music Director. That was over thirty five years ago and Mylan is still the most recognizable voice at Christensen Broadcasting. At different times he has had shows on KLOH, KISD, and K-JOE, all stations in the organization. His morning show on KISD can be heard for miles in every direction and he has built up a loyal audience of faithful listeners.
Mylan was one of the first "mobile DJs" in the Tri-State Area to perform at dances. In the past thirty plus years his "Ray-Dio Enterprises" has provided music for over 1,500 dances. For many years he has helped raise funds for the local Arts Center by creating a live show called "Main Street Jamboree". He is continually supporting worthwhile projects throughout the listening area and is a tireless volunteer serving his listeners in surrounding cities and towns.
Christensen Broadcasting is one of the few remaining companies that still use "live" DJs. It is not unusual for Mylan to play songs that local rock bands have recorded over the years. He has met and interviewed hundreds of national recording artists as well as local celebrities. Mylan is an active supporter of both the Iowa and South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Associations. The next time you turn on your radio in the morning set the dial to 98.7 FM and listen to the smooth voice of Mylan Ray as he rocks with the oldies.