About Mongo



It all started in 1962 in a janitor’s closet at Area 51.  The janitor accidentally contaminated a beaker in a lab where he had no access.  He moved the beaker to his closet, and tucked it away next to some warm pipes and a transister radio.   Several months later, a creature climbed out of the beaker and sloshed around on the floor of that closet. He soon ate the janitor and swiped his badge.  This prompted the executive staff to assign him to a terrestrial family in rural Kirtland, Ohio.  Late at night he would lie in bed listening to underground FM radio.  In about 1977 he attended his first concert: Bad Company with Foghat.

When the ’80’s rolled around he interned with the syndication division of WCLV, the classical radio station in Cleveland.  There, he spent much time listening to classical music at 8 times normal speed.  He also learned to edit tape.  In the fall of that year he ventured off to college at the University of Richmond, in Richmond, Virginia.  The University had, and still has, a radio station known as WDCE FM.  He quickly got involved in that campus station, filling in for a friend on the friend’s show.  His prior radio experience enabled him to become Production Manager, and of course he hosted his own show,  called “The Psychedelic Paradox.”

It was while hosting The Psychedelic Paradox in 1981 that Mongo (then known as “Dr. Strange”) got a call requesting a Grateful Dead song.  Before he could say “sure,” the caller added, “- and if you do play it, I’ll give you two tickets on a bus to see the Grateful Dead at the Capitol Center in Landover, Maryland” – or words to that effect.  That was his first Grateful Dead concert.  He would attend dozens more before Jerry died in 1995.

By 1987 the man no longer named Dr. Strange obtained a law degree, making him a DJ with a JD.  Also in this year he attended his first Tangerine Dream concert during the Underwater Sunlight tour at Cleveland Music Hall in Downtown, Cleveland, Ohio.  While practicing law in Ohio in the late ’80’s and ’90’s, he also played drums and percussion in band called The Morals of Space.  During this time he also studied multitrack recording.

On September 18, 2000, a man who was no longer Dr. Strange and not yet Mongo attended his first Phish concert at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Before the towers fell in 2001 the man not yet known as Mongo had moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.  By late 2002 he discovered and joined the Las Vegas Jam Band Society.  Amidst this milieu of old and new hippies, he met George Lyons, who hosted, and still hosts, The Lyons Den Radio Show on KUNV.  Early one morning, while our hero was winding cable after a Jam Band show and George was sitting at the bar drinking, Lyons decided Mongo needed a roadie name, and thus the name “Mongo” was bestowed.

Eventually George invited Mongo to co-host The Lyons Den, which Mongo did from 2004 to 2014. During this time, Mongo started mixing live, opening for the jam band, Particle, at the Hard Rock Café on the Las Vegas Strip.  He also spent about a year creating and producing The Lyons Den Stage at the newly revamped First Friday celebration in the Arts District.  There, he also served as Resident DJ.

In March of 2014 Mongo left The Lyons Den and started The Mongoland Radio Show, also on KUNV, featuring the latest and best in Deep House, Tech House, Techno, Progressive House, Drum & Bass, and Electronica.  The show, originally syndicated through PRX (Public Radio Exchange), is now podcasted on iTunes and, of course, here on mongoland.com.