MICKEY BO

Mickey Bo’s obsession with rock ‘n’ rhythm began as a lad in western Massachusetts when he nearly levitated watching Elvis on TV in ’56.
He ain’t been the same since.

As an adolescent, the Mickster spent paper route earnings on hit records and played them on a pirate radio station in his bedroom. Because of a weak signal, though, neither neighbors nor the government retaliated.

When a high school senior in 1964, Mickey upped his game by becoming a deejay at his hometown radio station, followed by announcing jobs elsewhere in Massachusetts and Texas before joining Armed Forces Radio & Television with the Air Force in Thailand and Korea during the Vietnam War. After discharge, he took up radio news, eventually reporting world events for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C.

His passion for original rock ‘n’ rhythm smoldered, however, so he fanned the embers and became your backbeat buddy on Mickey Bo’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue after retiring from his federal gig in 2007, confident of its guarantee of steady meals.

Mickey lives in Falls Church, Virginia, into his second half century in radio and wondering where the time — and his hair — went.