After attending the nation’s top broadcasting school, Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Mylan Ray started his broadcasting career at WOKC in Okeechobee, Florida. Fifteen months later, Mylan moved up to a major market and performed an on-air show in the greater Miami area for Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood on station WGMA.
In 1975, Mylan returned to his hometown area of southwestern Minnesota. Working in Pipestone for KLOH Radio as Air Personality, Music Director, and Program Director. For 36 years, Mylan has been on-the-air for all 3 stations owned by Christensen Broadcasting. Occupying – at one time or another – every possible air-shift. At one point, Mylan had a daily show on all three stations … KLOH – KISD – and KJOE. Mylan’s popular air-show, the “Super Gold Hour”, eventually helped convert KISD’s format from Contemporary-Pop to one of Pure Gold Oldies. Mylan currently hosts the Morning Show on KISD weekdays, 8 a.m. to noon. He is also on K-JOE (Country) weekdays – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Along with his “on-air” presence (one that many in southwest Minnesota basically grew up listening to) Mylan was the first “mobile DJ” in the area to perform at dances. Having started his business “Ray-dio Enterprises” in 1977 using the name Outlaw Disco. Over the course of 28 years, Mylan’s estimated 1,500 dances have covered much of southwest Minnesota, southeast South Dakota, and northwest Iowa and is still going strong. Today, his mobile music service is simply billed under his name, Mylan Ray.
Always enterprising, in 1999 Mylan created Main St. Jamboree. A “live” two-hour country radio show performed downtown at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center. Over a hundred local and regional performers appeared on over 40 shows. Main St. Jamboree was a major fundraiser for the Arts Center. Showcasing many artists on “live” radio .. who otherwise may not have ever received the exposure. Hosted and produced by Mylan Ray, Main St. Jamboree brought a taste of the Opry, Branson, and Hee-Haw to the upper Midwest on a regular basis. In the process, helping many talented performers get discovered and make a connection in Music City.
Thanks to his radio career, Mylan has personally met hundreds of national recording stars. Enjoying the chance to interview countless artists (from Alabama, Merle Haggard to Quiet Riot). He has introduced countless more stars on stage. Although, not a musician, Mylan has been involved in every kind of music venture possible. From songwriting and booking agent .. to writing a column for a local music publication. Mylan’s personal business “Ray-dio Enterprises” has allowed him to work as a voice talent and guest speaker along with producing agency radio ads, narrating promotional videos, and announcing at the Pipestone Civil War Days. Possessing a massive record collection and extensive music trivia knowledge .. has earned Mylan the reputation of being the area “Music Man”.