He Has An Extensive
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
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.