A radio programming veteran for three decades, radio UNLEASHED founder and taste-maker Dave Leonard has been nationally recognized for his enthusiastic and passionate presentation of music — combining the best new music, under-appreciated old bones, and perennially awesome ear candy.
Dave started in radio while a freshman at Denison University’s WDUB eventually becoming Program Director and later, Station Manager. Lured by the call of the wild (and skiing and mountain climbing), his first full time paid gig as as the evening DJ for KMTN, Jackson Hole.
After a few years Dave returned east, working by day as an account executive for Dutchess Newspapers and DJ by night at WDST. In 1992 he left to help start WKZE where he combined his skills as Regional Sales Manager and unofficial Music and Program Director. He also started hosting radio UNLEASHED on the weekends, joined in the studio with his yellow lab Jeffrey The Dog. It became so popular that within a year it became the foundation for their daily programming format and continues to this day.
In 1996, Dave returned to WDST as afternoon DJ and Program Director at legendary Triple-A flagship WDST, until Dave again had another opportunity to take his vision global and be on the ground floor in the burgeoning development of internet radio.