Tammy Lynn – Aircheck

Tammy Lynn (Veil-Drew) is a 1978 graduate of Beyer High School. While at Beyer she became interested in radio and took a course in radio broadcasting that allowed her to work on the high school radio station KBHI for two and a half years. The broadcasting instructor, Ron Underwood, approached Tammy with a job opportunity in broadcasting at KTRB/KHOP as as she approached graduation.  KHOP FM had just changed from a religious format to Album Oriented Radio (AOR). Tammy got the job and started in March of 1978.

Tammy was encouraged to go back to school to learn the electronics trade. She enrolled at Modesto Junior College (MJC).  Tammy worked for MJC Media Services under John Chappell  while completing electronics courses.  In addition to  electronics she was enrolled in radio broadcasting under the guidance of Max Sayer.  Tammy  was also working full-time as KTRB’s afternoon air personality and assistant chief engineer.  Tammy found her busy schedule to be a bit much and stopped attending MJC after getting her First Class Radiotelephone license.

Tammy on the air at KTRB in early 1980s (Photo courtesy of Tammy Veil-Drew).

Tammy was an on air personality for KTRB, KOSO and KMIX in Modesto, CA.  After a lucrative  career in broadcasting and at 30 years of age Tammy decided to change careers. She went to work for a cable television company doing, as she describes, the very physical job of installing and repairing Modesto’s cable TV distribution and servicing its’ many customers.  When she discovered that she probably would be unable to continue climbing poles and crawling under houses into her ’40s, Tammy went into law enforcement. She had a 19 year career working for Stanislaus County Sheriff, Calaveras County Probation and Calaveras County Sheriff.

Tammy is now retired and living out of state with her husband. She does work every fire season as a contract driver hauling food and supplies during forest fires. She also volunteers at the local hospital foundation thrift store in the electronics department.

1994- Tammy Lynn playing the country hits on KMIX FM, Modesto CA.

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