DONN M. PARKER
WKBR A/F Manchester
A native of Malden, MA, Murray Pressman attended Emerson College in Boston, the University of New Hampshire and New Hampshire College. While in high school, he appeared on a teenage show on WMEX and was bitten by the radio bug. He started his professional career in Massachusetts in 1952. During the late 1950s and early 1960s he was known as Donn-Donn Parker, Your Musical Marker - the Potentate of the Bay State, one of the Good Guys at WMEX Boston. After leaving WMEX, he worked at WHYN in Springfield, MA from March through August, 1962.
Donn came to New Hampshire where he held down mid-days at WKBR for years; for a decade he also hosted the early evening Open Line talk show and was involved in sales. Donn had a high public profile, being active as a board member of the Ad Club of New Hampshire; president of North Little League; a Manchester Parks and Recreation Commissioner; and officiated at various schoolboy sporting events.
He left WKBR in April, 1979 to become sales manager at crosstown rival WFEA. In March 1980, WFEA owner Bob Gold promoted him to station manager, replacing Scott Norton.
In late 1981 he worked for a while for WOKQ, developing retail accounts in the Manchester area.
His next venture was part-owner, vice president and general manager of WLMS in Leominster, MA.
Today Donn Parker splits the year between New Hampshire's seacoast and Florida where he still does some part-time airwork for Clear Channel (e-mail).