PERSONAL BIO: ART VUOLO, JR.
In 1985, a leading trade paper, Radio & Records, dubbed Art Vuolo as "Radio's Best Friend."
Art Vuolo (pronounced Vo-Low), Jr. is actively involved in radio, television, video production and journalism. He is a 1969 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. degree in speech. In his senior year at EMU he developed the concept of RADIOGUIDES designed for people who travel. Since 1972 his company has published over 100 million such guides directing listeners to their favorite programming. He has worked with many of the nation's most prestigious companies and radio stations. Today, he is president of the company he founded: The RADIOGUIDE People, Inc.
Art first lived in Newark, NJ, spent 11 of his "wonder years" in Indianapolis, IN (where his passion for radio began) and has been a resident of Michigan since August of 1962. He got into radio by assisting the late Jim Shelton who (at that time) was Indiana's best known radio personality at 1070/WIBC in Indianapolis.
With the advent of home video in early 1976, Art was one of the first to
purchase a Sony Betamax VCR. In 1981 he was a guest on a dozen radio and TV talk
shows regarding the subject and was a columnist for the first home video
magazine known as Videophile. In 1979 he took his love of both radio and video and
combined them into "Vuolo Video Air-Chex." They are video field trips into the
studios of many of America's best radio stations for an educational and often
very entertaining inside perspective. It is a whole new way to LOOK at radio!
His tapes are in several museums and have been featured at countless
In 1985 Radio & Records called him "Radio's Best Friend" and he has been known by that moniker ever since. However, the first person to use that "handle" was famous radio programmer and personality Scott Shannon in the late 1970's while at WQXI in Atlanta, GA. Fellow DJ John Leader, who today is among the top voice-over talents in the USA, picked up on it and used it while writing the Street Talk column in R&R.
Art has written about radio for local newspapers, websites and national trade publications, and currently writes for the Daily Oakland Press in the Detroit area. He is married to the work he loves. He has severe workaholic tendencies and seemingly works 25 hours a day, assisting all of those seeking his help. Art lives and works in Novi, MI a northwest suburb of Detroit.
He was made a lifetime member of the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees, was the 2001
recipient of the prestigious Rockwell Award by The Conclave in Minnespolis, and has helped
countless people get into the broadcasting business. Art Vuolo, Jr. is a one-man
walking campaign for the radio industry who actually believes that honesty, and
being nice to people, is still in vogue.
It's early Sunday morning and I'm killing time on this crazy Internet prior to getting ready for church. I came across Scott Childer's WLS site. I'm looking at all the pictures... and there I am looking young and cool...and look, it's Art Vuolo with John Gehron.
Suddenly without warning, it hit me like a brick wall.... reality! The river of time continues to move with it's absolute certainty and along that river are the memories we cherish. I'm thankful this morning for you Art. Whoever coined the phrase "radio's best friend" absolutely nailed it. You have been there with your camera and your smile for a very long time. I think I speak for the entire radio industry when I say this. You are loved...you are appreciated! Maybe we don't take the time to say it often enough but it needs to be said and it needs to be said often. Two words my friend. Thank you. Thank you for putting those sign posts along that river of time so we can all take a glimpse back. Without those sign posts, we are doomed to lose our way as we travel down that river.
May I say this? You have become an inspiration to a generation of radio fans and friends who love this business and who are amazed at how one life can impact so many. Your unselfish generosity with not only capturing a part of history with this great industry but your unwavering personal sacrifice in support of so many of us personally, make you a friend indeed. Thank you for being "radio's best friend."
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