ST. LOUIS – Broadcaster John Ulett is celebrating 45 years with the world’s longest-running rock station KSHE 95. The “U-man,” as he is affectionately known, began his career at KSHE in 1976 and is the station’s longest continuously broadcasting air talent.
“This is my 45th anniversary,” he said. “The station has been here for 54 years. I got here when it was nine years old, and we thought it was old back then. I remember going to some of the other birthday parties like the 25th and thinking, ‘My goodness, this station is old.’ Now it just keeps going on and on now.”
Ulett has also worked as the Cardinals’ PA announcer for 38 years and has been a cast member of Cardinal Kids TV for 15 years.
“He came in 1976 and I trained him on the board, and he had a fro that was just awesome,” said Mark Klose, KSHE disc jockey. “It had its own zip code. We used to have the best time. Because, getting up at 5 a.m., there’s nothing good about it. But having Johnny come in, we would have the best time.”
He has received recognition by being named to the St. Louis Hall of Fame, he received the Riverfront Times’ Lifetime Achievement Award, he has received multiple awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association, and he is on the Bishop DuBourg Wall of Fame.
“There is only one way that an air personality could stay at a music radio station for 45 years… the same format, stable ownership/management and getting up when the alarm clock goes off every morning. I thank our listeners for being there the whole time,” Ulett said.
Guy Favazza, or Favazz, who hosts the morning drive with Ulett, wished him a happy anniversary on Twitter Tuesday.
The guys over at 105.7’s The Rizzuto Show congratulated Ulett as well. They tweeted, “Huge congratulations to the one and only [John Ulett} for 45 YEARS on KSHE 95!” They also added a link to a YouTube video of the “You’re the Inspiration” music video from the band Chicago.
Ulett replied saying, “Thanks guys! Love working with all of you’enz.”
The staff at KSHE 95 had a good time celebrating Ulett at work Tuesday.
Through it all, there’s a constant with this familiar and naturally funny St. Louisan. Who says he’s not going anywhere else anytime soon.
“Getting up every morning when the alarm clock goes off believe it or not, when you’re doing morning radio for a lot of talented people, people more talented than me for sure, couldn’t get over that hurdle,” Ulett said. “You know getting in every morning and willing to be an idiot on the radio. I think that’s been the thing that’s been most important for me to do is just be consistent and showing up every day on a station that was an easy train to ride, to be honest with you.”
Continuing with the classics, like a class act does.