Nick Caplan says he can remember hearing the DJ’s voices on the radio as a young child.
The radio station was 1490 WOLF. This is where Nick heard bands like the Beatles, Three-Dog Night, and Chicago. Like everybody else his age, he wanted to be a Beatle. So he pestered his parents until they bought him a guitar. Nick set out to learn the songs he was hearing on the radio.
But people still asked, “what are you going to do when you grow up?” Nick would answer, “I want to be a Disc Jockey.” When Nick was twenty, radio became his target. “Sick Nick” worked at 1490 WOLF for three and a half years, until it was sold. The next stop was WRUN in Utica, but he was only there briefly, until an offer came to be part of the first 97,000-watt FM CHR in Syracuse at 93Q. Nick went from there to WNYS-FM in Buffalo for his first morning gig. Things were going great for three years, but he got the Florida bug.
First was West Palm Beach’s WOVV, but the West Coast of Florida pulled him away, and he headed for Naples, Florida to WRGI. There Nick started programming and created the first Lazer radio station. But he left for the west coast and did mornings at KIZS. From there, Nick went to New York and WMRV. Nick later took an offer to go back to Florida at WINK-FM.
But, Central New York is a great place and an offer came along to do mornings in Utica. After several years there at WODZ, Nick came to Syracuse, then Massachusetts, and back here to Syracuse to help create and launch 95.3 and 103.9 The Dinosaur!
“It’s very exciting to come back to the original home of top 40 radio in Syracuse,” Nick says. “The Dinosaur is like crossing the streams of two of Syracuse’s biggest radio stations from the top 40 era. Our official call sign is WNDR-FM, and we’re back in the same historic facility where 1490 WOLF introduced so many hits to Syracuse over the years.”
Nick Caplan is back in Syracuse as the “Caveman in the Morning” on 95.3 / 103.9 The Dinosaur! Tune in weekdays from 6-10am for the biggest hits of all time and the Funny Fossil.