A fledgling musician straight out of High School, Dave attended Berklee College of Music in the ‘70s, and played in numerous bands in New England. He volunteered as a production manager at the University of Hartford’s radio station, WWUH, obtained his broadcasting license in ’79 and began working at area radio stations. As a staff announcer for affiliate TV stations in Connecticut in the ’80s-’90s, Dave began hosting a talk radio show at WATR in Waterbury, CT in 1995 and was a strong supporter of Veterans who returned from the Gulf War and were suffering from exposures to chemical and biological weapons. It was during this time that he teamed up and married Joyce Riley, RN/BSN and formed the American Gulf War Veterans Association (www.gulfwarvets.com).
In 1996, Joyce was asked to testify before the Presidents Commission on Gulf War Syndrome. After a brief and powerful presentation, she turned the remainder of her time over to Dave, where he sang a song into the record, challenging the government narrative and naming names. His lyric was deleted from the record. For the next four years, Dave and Joyce traveled the country, speaking at VFWs, America Legion posts, Churches and community centers, raising awareness of the plight of our veterans.
Eventually, they co-hosted “The Power Hour” (TPH), a national talk show on the GCN network for 10 years and provided information and health products free of charge to veterans. During those years, TPH produced four ground breaking documentary films, “911 In Plane Site”, “Beyond Treason”, “One Nation Under Siege” and “911 Ripple Effect”. Dave also recorded and released three albums of politically charged music to inspire, inform and motivate people into activism. (All available free on YouTube).
In 2009, Dave and Joyce parted ways and Dave travelled to South America to de-compress after almost two decades of tumbling down the “rabbit hole”. He spent the next seven years returning to his musical roots and returned to the US in 2016. The political climate that evolved in his absence has since prompted him to return to public life, join forces with Kelli Higgins, James White and Jason Janiszewski on the One Republic Network (ORN). His voice and music ring louder and truer today than they did over twenty years ago. Truth, unity and love is the message today as it was then.