Terry Nelson is from Modesto, CA. His radio career began at KFIV (K5), Modesto. Bob De Leon recalls meeting Terry for the first time. When he first started at K5, Bob was working on the air from 8:00pm to 1:00am. K5 used to sign off at 1:00am, and come back on the air at 6:00am. Within the year, they went to 24 hours a day programing, so Bob’s shift was from 8:00pm – 12 midnight, and a brand new DJ by the name of Terry Nelson started working from 12 midnight to 6:00am. Gary Culver, Program Director, asked Bob to assist the “new” DJ in getting used to the equipment and familiar with station’s operations. Bob describes Terry as being one of the wittiest and funniest people he had met! Not only that, he had an infectious laugh. Bob said when he was listening to Terry’s show and Terry started laughing, he would start laughing too, it was unavoidable. Bob has many stories about Terry Nelson and their experiences at K5, but he sums it up by repeating what everyone who has known Terry says, he was a super talented air personality…a good, honest, fun-filled friend.
After KFIV Terry graced the air at many stations with his infectious laugh and impeccable timing. He did stints at KJOY, KROY, KRAK, KXOA, KHYL, KCTC, KFI and KFRC in California and WXLO in New York.
Terry passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at home on May 26, 2020.
Terry Nelson – Compilation of airchecks through the years from WXLO, New York, KROY, Sacramento, KFI, Los Angeles and KFRC, San Francisco (Many thanks to Bryan Simmons for sharing these memories of Terry with the Modesto Radio Museum).
Terry Nelson – KXOA, Scaramento – 1980 (Courtesy of the Nelson family: Constance Nelson, Tricia Nelson-Milburn, Natasha Kapali)
Terry Nelson at KFRC, San Francisco in 1980 (Courtesy of the Nelson family: Constance Nelson, Tricia Nelson-Milburn, Natasha Kapali)