Gary Wells was first on the radio when the local AM station did a remote broadcast for the grand opening of his dad’s auto parts store in the mid 1970’s. His shining moment on the air was reading the name of the winner of a drawing for an alternator or a hat or something. Gary drew the winning ticket and didn’t know what it said. It turns out that Gary didn’t know how to read at the time.
Gary knows how to read pretty well now, and his lifelong passion for music brings him to KVMR every other Sunday morning to host the Crooked Highway. He started his radio career on KCPR, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s station, where he hosted Burnt Dog Rodeo, despite the fact that he doesn’t like rodeos or burnt dogs. It was basically an alternative country show, with a dose of bluegrass and classic country. He figured the end of college meant the end of radio, but he became addicted and started seeking out other stations. He began filling in now and again at the legendary (and now gone) K-OTTER in Cambria and San Luis Obispo. Gary later hosted the Evening Blues program on public radio KCBX in San Luis Obispo for about two years, followed by another couple of years at the helm of the Minstrel Song Show, playing his kind of “folk” music. As much as he hated leaving San Luis Obispo, his desire to live in the mountains led Gary to this part northern California in 2004, where he happily stumbled across KVMR.