A shining example of what happens when you envision a goal, act upon it and see it evolve into the successful American dream, Wink was born with the desire to become a radio announcer. Beginning at a very young age, he joined the ranks of radio station WPLI in Jackson, Tennessee for a salary of $25.00 a week- doing “absolutely everything”. With persistence and study he soon graduated to ever-larger stations in Jackson and, eventually, to the “big time” at WHBQ in Memphis- the station he faithfully listened to as a teenager. In no time he found himself a popular local radio announcer and eventually a television personality for WHBQ-TV, as well.
Success in Memphis led to hosting radio and television programs in Los Angeles on KHJ, KRLA, KFWB and Gene Autry’s 50,000 Watt flagship KMPC. Along the way came the gold record “Deck of Cards”, The Ed Sullivan Show, and hosting a series of top-rated game shows including “Tic Tac Dough”, “High Rollers”, “Can You Top This?”, “Gambit”, and “Trivial Pursuit”. Additionally, Wink hosted “Music of Your Life” for twelve years heard on over 250 stations around the country.
When fortitude is evident, fame and fortune are sure to follow. In 2006, Wink was awarded his star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2012, he was among the initial class of inductees into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.
Just by turning the pages of his self-penned autobiography, you’ll see Wink is now happily “Winking at Life” and residing in Calabasas, CA with his beautiful wife, Sandy, of 37 years