Cary Pall is the “voice” of WHLM-FM. He also consults the station. He has created the sound and position of 103.5.
Cary was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Long Island and New Jersey. As a boy, he listened to radio stations like WMCA, WABC, WINS and WMGM from New York, WFIL and WIBG in Philadelphia, and WARM from Scranton. Cary discovered nighttime AM radio in the early 60s and listened to lots of other stations from around the country, like WKBW in Buffalo, WCFL from Chicago, WBZ in Boston and CKLW from Windsor, just across from Detroit. When he visited his mom’s family in Dayton, Ohio, he heard great stations like WING and WONE in Dayton, WCOL in Columbus and WSAI in Cincinnati. The energy and talent of the people on those stations motivated Cary to build a homemade studio out of old Victrolas and a tape recorder, where he practiced being a DJ. By the time he was in high school, Cary had already operated a number of low powered “pirate” AM transmitters from his studio, broadcasting to the neighborhood.
After attending college in Boston, he started in radio 35 years ago in Schenectady, New York. By age 21, he had worked his way to Utica, Rochester, the Hudson Valley and, finally, to New York City, where he was the youngest DJ in the city at that time.
Cary has worked in places as diverse as New Orleans, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Dallas, Orlando, Memphis, Philadelphia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Western Kansas, Toledo and Greenville, South Carolina. He’s most well-known in the radio industry as the founder of WMMO-FM in Orlando, where many of the programming principles we enjoy on Classic Hits 103.5 were first broadcast in 1990.
Today, Cary lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, who was born and raised in nearby Mt. Healthy. Cary operates his consulting business from his home studio (which has grown somewhat since he was a kid). His son, and his two stepsons also live in Cincinnati, and the rest of Cary’s family is right up the road in Dayton. “Bloomsburg is like my second home”, says Cary. “I probably spend more time here than anywhere other than home. I’ve been to the Bloomsburg Fair enough to have developed an addiction to Grotto’s Pizza!” Bobby Joe, Larry White and Cary have been working on radio projects together since 1985. “They are like the brothers I never had as a kid.”