Traylor’s book spins surprising taleDon Day | March 26, 2007
I’m always on the lookout for something to write about around here. I’ve been meaning to read KSAS/103.3 Kiss FM program director Aaron Traylor’s book for more than a year now. I finally cracked the cover of The DJ Chronicles: A Life Remixed and flew through the paperback tale in about four days (before recent developments).
Traylor tells a mostly-autobiographical tale of his youth in radio and underground club scene in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. The book is a light read – with a strong central character (Traylor), and a cast of supporting players – including DJ buddies, high school friends and others.
The story revolves around Aaron’s rise through the radio and rave DJ ranks, the loss of a close friend to meth use, and his spiritual journey to the edge and back. A series of radio stunts – including a memorable run through a N. Idaho mall, and a rousing rendition of the National Anthem will leave anyone who has spent time in a radio station smiling.
There’s also one sequence where Traylor gets fired from one station, goes to work for the competition – then has his new station bought by the company that owns the station he got fired from.
If you remember, when Traylor came to town – I asked him if he had proof that his “Tallest DJ in America” nickname was the real deal. Let’s just say Tallest DJ is a better name than a previous moniker: Dookie. As in… ‘oh the little baby took a dookie.’ Yeah. Nice.