Meet the DJs
The Carolina Sounds Beach Show, hosted by veteran DJ Butch Halpin, has been entertaining people for over 25 years since its inception after Butch grew tired of working for others in the music business since 1976. The show is actually twofold: It is the name for the syndicated radio show as well as Butch’s mobile DJ business. As long as Butch can remember, there was always music in his life. Whether it was his mother playing records by Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline or Hank Williams, or his older sister listening to Buddy Holly, The Beatles and watching shows like Shindig and Where The Action Is, music was abundant in their home. It is no wonder that when he was old enough to earn his own money, he was buying more records than model cars. After graduating from high school in 1976, Butch began DJ’ing for clubs and private parties and got hooked on Beach Music after seeing a performance by The Catalinas. In 1989, he started his radio career at WLLN in Lillington, NC, hosting his newly created Carolina Sounds Beach Show. He later hosted the show for several years at WBZB in Selma, NC and on WLWL in Rockingham, NC and also on an Internet Radio service. The show is now syndicated on radio as well as on the Internet. Throughout the years, Butch has maintained his Mobile DJ business and has become a popular DJ in Beach Music as well as DJ & MC for all types of public and private functions. He has been nominated several times for the Carolina Beach Music Awards’ “Club & Mobile DJ of the Year” and won in 2001. He was also nominated for “AM Radio DJ” in 2002. From January 2009 to January 2010, Butch was also frontman and vocalist with The Souls. In 2012 he was inducted into the Beach Music Radio Hall of Fame and in 2013 inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame. When it comes to the music, Butch sums it up like this, “I am so lucky to be able to do something that I love and that people enjoy.” Listen to Butch Halpin & the Carolina Sounds Beach Show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.
Clay McCauley/Big Kahuna. Bio: Born in NC, raised in Mamers, NC between Fayetteville and Raleigh and a graduate of Western Harnett High School as well as The Potter’s House Seminary and Bible College. Clay/Big Kahuna is happily married to his wife, Terry, the Dad of six kids, and Papa to eight grandkids. Broadcast Experience: A former VP/Market Manager of HVS Partners Broadcasting (Wilmington, NC) and former VP/Market Manager of Cumulus Broadcasting (Wilmington NC). On air/programming stints on such stations as WQDR-FM Raleigh, WKML-FM Fayetteville, WQSM-FM and WFNC-AM Fayetteville, WKXB-FM Wilmington, WZZU-FM Raleigh, WFLB-AM Fayetteville, WPCM-FM Burlington. Radio/TV Voice-over Artist Since 2002. Clay/BK has been heard from coast to coast on medical research commercials as well as many car dealers, restaurants, and furniture stores around the country. Program Syndication for over 13 years, first with the Big Kahuna’s Beach Party, later the Big Kahuna’s Gospel Train. Clay also produces beach shows for other hosts as well as hosting/producing a much listened to, top billing Classic Country Show for WKJO-FM in Clayton/Raleigh NC. Ministry: Clay has a Bachelor of Theology and is a licensed Ordained Minister of the Gospel. Listen to Gospel Train from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday.
Sugar Country Radio plays a sweet, smooth mix of Country favorites. Featuring classic artists such as Dollie Parton, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Keith Whitley, Anne Murray, Alan Jackson, Don Williams, Faith Hill, Randy Travis and Glen Campbell, perfectly blended with today’s music from artists such as Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Sugarland and many more. Once you tune in, you won’t be able to let go. Thanks for checking us out!
Since 2001, Pat Gwinn has hosted and produced Pat Gwinn At The Beach, a two-hour syndicated show celebrating Rhythm & Blues and Carolina Beach Music. Pat Gwinn at the Beach has been nominated multiple times by the Carolina Beach Music Academy for the Best Syndicated Show. Pat is a partner in Kool Winds Entertainment Group, LLC and the general manager of Kool Winds Radio. Pat is the host of Carolina Gold, airing 10 until 1 eastern weekdays. Pat can also be heard weekdays on Oldies 1079 and 951 WOLD in Central New Jersey and Long Island, New York. From New York to the beaches of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida, Pat Gwinn At The Beach can be heard in a number of markets with more being added. Listen to Pat Gwinn At the Beach from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday.
John Hook is a dedicated fan of Beach and Shag music. His first foray into Beach Music radio programming was with WIST in Charlotte in 1976, followed by ever bigger stations and commitment to his lifelong love of Beach Music. Hook is a member of the DJ Hall of Fame, the Beach Music Radio DJ Hall of Fame, publisher and editor of a variety of magazines dedicated to Beach culture including It Will Stand, Carolina Class, and Dancing on the Edge. His body of work now boasts ten books on Beach and Shag history beginning with Shaggin’ in the Carolinas in 2006. On the radio track he was named Billboard magazine’s Program Director of the Year for his unique blend of Beach Music and Adult Contemporary music in 1984. As an independent broadcaster he has syndicated eight different shows on over a hundred radio stations, along with the Endless Summer Network over the Internet in the 2000s, and a satellite Beach Music program which covered 2/3 of Europe. He currently syndicates the Beach Music Top 40 Countdown, the Roadhouse Blues, Boogie and Fish Fry, the Beach Music Class Reunion and the Red Hot Rockabilly Show.