Career Moves

Dusty has "been around" the radio, TV, and nightclub scene for many years



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He Has An Extensive
Radio Background...

In 1964, Dusty became interested in broadcasting while still a junior in high school and was the school reporter on a local AM radio station (WMFJ). When he graduated from high school, he was already working a part-time, weekend job at a 250 watt day-time rock and roll station (WOGO-AM) in New Smyrna Beach, just south of Daytona Beach. It wasn't until 1989 that he finally got out of the radio and TV broadcast business after spending over 20 years in the industry working for such stations as WAPE-AM (Jacksonville, FL) WTOC-TV and WSGA-FM (Savannah, GA), KSOP AM & FM (Salt Lake City, UT), KLEM-FM (Los Angeles, CA), WTRY AM (Troy, NY), WABC-AM (New York City), WETT-AM&FM (Ocean City, MD) and many of the stations in the Daytona Beach area.

Working In Nightclubs Was
A Party Every Night...

Dusty always enjoyed working with a live audience in clubs and concerts. He first worked in a club setting in 1965 working part-time for the former Rocket Lounge in South Daytona. In 1982 he made the switch to country music clubs and has worked for every country music club in the Greater Daytona Beach area including The Barn at The Castaways, The Rockin' Ranch, Finky's Country Showplace, The Southern Star, and Billy Bob's. In 1996, Dusty and his wife Gloria opened JR's Country Club in Deland, Florida and stayed at the facility for almost three years before retiring from the business in 1999. In July of 2005, Dusty and Gloria made a triumphant return to JRs when new owners and their manager convinced them to come out of retirement.

Dusty Loves A Live
Audience And Concerts...

In 1969, Dusty got his first taste of concert emcee work when he introduced Johnny Cash in concert at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, UT when the country music legend's normal intro announcer (one of the band members) came down with larangytis and couldn't talk. Dusty was "on the air" on KSOP-AM that afternoon when Cash called the station looking for a little help. Since 1983, Dusty has worked with and introduced in concert such notables as Tanya Tucker, Jerry Reed, Mickey Gilley, David Lee Murphy, Mel Tillis, David Frizzell, Earl Thomas Conley, Reba McEntire, The Bellamy Brothers, T. G. Sheppard and many others. He also traveled with the group Atlanta as their emcee.

He Almost Made It
To Your Television...

On March 13, 1997, Dusty Miller was named as the new host for the cablecast program tentatively entitled Country Saturday Night which was to be produced by James Kennedy and Millenium Media Services of Las Vegas, NV. This show was to be filmed in Ocala, FL beginning in April of 1997, however the show was scrapped in early May when problems developed with the filming location. Country Time Enterprizes then picked up the leads and renamed the program as Country Time TV. Regretfully, not enough investment capital could be raised to allow filming to start at Pyramax Studios in Lake Helen, Florida. Dusty was also planning to produce a program (Country Time Dance Lines.) featuring his wife (choreographer Gloria Johnson) teaching line-dances on Pay-Per-View television through Viewer's Choice.

 

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