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Eddie 'Miller' hits airwaves daily

Radio has run in the blood of Eddie “Miller” Hutchins ever since he can remember.

“I fell in love with radio at 7 years old,” he said.

It wasn’t must longer after that when Hutchins could be heard on the air.

“I started doing broadcasting in Williams in 1974,” he said. “I was in eighth grade at the time. That was my first radio stuff.”

He said it was his brother who worked at KCYN, the local station at the time, that handed him the mike.

“My first taste of broadcasting came in 1970 when my brother, Larry, handed me a news script and put me on the air,” Hutchins said. “I was also inspired by Phoenix radio in the ’60s and ’70s.

“I just loved to hear how the deejays announced.”

Hutchins now works for Guy Christian.

“I’ve been a deejay for 17 years overall,” he said. “I’ve been with the Guy/Ann Corporation for five years.”

Christian is the owner/president of KAFF Radio 93 FM and 930 AM as well as “The Mountain.”

“The Mountain,” which Christian acquired in 1995, plays classic rock and roll.

KAFF was one of the first FM stations in Arizona. Nowadays, KAFF AM plays classic country, KAFF FM plays modern country.

“We also have complete news coverage,” Hutchins said. “We’re northern Arizona’s news leader. We have a full-time news staff.”

Hutchins works noon-7 p.m. and is in charge of the 5 o’clock slide for “The Mountain.”

He is married to Manoah and also has three girls — Hannah, 13, Rachel, 11, and Holly, 10.

“When she (Hannah) was a baby she sat in my lap and ran the board at a radio station in New Mexico,” he said.

Back when Hutchins started in broadcasting, there were no computers or CDs.

“I started out with records and 45s,” he said. “Now it’s all computerized.”

The computer software Hutchins works with can do amazing things. Besides being an on-air personality, Hutchins also makes commercials and public service announcements.

“There are tons of things you can do with this,” he said. “Computers have just taken over. They enable us to do this (make a commercial) quite quickly.

“It’s a lot less labor intensive.”

He said he has a lot of fun creating.

“I really enjoy this,” Hutchins said. “This is the best radio corporation that I’ve ever worked for.

“I plan on being here for years to come.”

Music was what started Hutchins on the road to becoming a deejay.

“My love of music got me interested,” he said. “I love working here, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.”

By Nok-Noi Hauger

WGCN staff writer

Radio has run in the blood of Eddie “Miller” Hutchins ever since he can remember.

“I fell in love with radio at 7 years old,” he said.

It wasn’t must longer after that when Hutchins could be heard on the air.

“I started doing broadcasting in Williams in 1974,” he said. “I was in eighth grade at the time. That was my first radio stuff.”

He said it was his brother who worked at KCYN, the local station at the time, that handed him the mike.

“My first taste of broadcasting came in 1970 when my brother, Larry, handed me a news script and put me on the air,” Hutchins said. “I was also inspired by Phoenix radio in the ’60s and ’70s.

“I just loved to hear how the deejays announced.”

Hutchins now works for Guy Christian.

“I’ve been a deejay for 17 years overall,” he said. “I’ve been with the Guy/Ann Corporation for five years.”

Christian is the owner/president of KAFF Radio 93 FM and 930 AM as well as “The Mountain.”

“The Mountain,” which Christian acquired in 1995, plays classic rock and roll.

KAFF was one of the first FM stations in Arizona. Nowadays, KAFF AM plays classic country, KAFF FM plays modern country.

“We also have complete news coverage,” Hutchins said. “We’re northern Arizona’s news leader. We have a full-time news staff.”

Hutchins works noon-7 p.m. and is in charge of the 5 o’clock slide for “The Mountain.”

He is married to Manoah and also has three girls — Hannah, 13, Rachel, 11, and Holly, 10.

“When she (Hannah) was a baby she sat in my lap and ran the board at a radio station in New Mexico,” he said.

Back when Hutchins started in broadcasting, there were no computers or CDs.

“I started out with records and 45s,” he said. “Now it’s all computerized.”

The computer software Hutchins works with can do amazing things. Besides being an on-air personality, Hutchins also makes commercials and public service announcements.

“There are tons of things you can do with this,” he said. “Computers have just taken over. They enable us to do this (make a commercial) quite quickly.

“It’s a lot less labor intensive.”

He said he has a lot of fun creating.

“I really enjoy this,” Hutchins said. “This is the best radio corporation that I’ve ever worked for.

“I plan on being here for years to come.”

Music was what started Hutchins on the road to becoming a deejay.

“My love of music got me interested,” he said. “I love working here, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.”

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