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Al Peterson Retires (or So He Says)

Production wiz and Radio World alum steps away from the mixing software

He calls himself “The Other Alan Peterson,” but here at Radio World there’s really only ever been one.

Al, who has worn many hats in his radio career, has announced that he is retiring. His gig for the past 18 years has been at Radio America Network, based in Arlington, Va., where he most recently held the titles of national production director and weekend program coordinator.

In that time he was the engineer and/or producer behind programs like “The Pet Show with Warren Eckstein,” “Intelligent Medicine with Dr. Ronald Hoffman,” “Liberty Nation,” “Tech It Out” and “Eat Drink Smoke.” He also was co-creator of the comedy jingle collection “Dork-a-Pellas,” now produced and distributed by Dan O’Day’s L.A. Air Force.

But Radio World readers know him as ARP, because for 15 years he authored “From the Trenches” and “The World According to ARP” in our pages, and ultimately became our technical editor. He reviewed audio equipment, offered tips, spun yarns and made readers laugh. Al says he started using the nickname “The Other Alan Peterson” when the late radio consultant Al Peterson began writing for Radio & Records.

I worked with Al daily for eight of those years — in our beloved, hated old dump of an office building at Bailey’s Crossroads — and I have a warm appreciation for his communication skills, storytelling ability, photography eye and, most of all, his wacky, ever-present sense of humor.

Al also has done live radio in Washington; Syracuse; Danbury, Conn.; and Springfield, Mass., and he wrote comedy and song parodies for air talent, including Doug “The Greaseman” Tracht.

In a postscript to the announcement, Al was quoted saying he’ll be moving to Williamsburg, Va., “where — just out of boredom — he will probably offer to board-op the Sunday polka show at a local AM’er.”

Congrats Al, and please keep in touch. Your byline is always welcome in our pages.