Head button pusher, terrible dancer and bad pun aficionado, Geno is your Q105 Saturday Night Dance Party host. Geno grew up in Westbrook, Maine where radio stations played hairbands 24/7. But a Q105 listener who was a friend here in the Tampa area would send him cassettes back in the early 90s of the beats and great radio shows here in Florida. Other than Dance Party USA (remember that show!?), those cassettes were the only way Geno could hear good house music, freestyle, new jack swing, dance, pop and hip hop. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Geno began to visit Florida often and fell in love with the weather as much as the music. It was hearing artists like Darude, Alice Deejay and Sonique that made Florida feel like home and in 2002, he took the first radio job he could find in Florida that played that music. Unfortunately that job was in Tallahassee so that didn’t last long. Geno left for the west coast and did a morning show near San Francisco for a few years before returning to New England to work for WBCN, a legendary rock radio station in Boston. When WBCN signed off, Geno knew there was one last move he wanted to make and packed his bags for Florida. After 5 or 6 years of bouncing back and forth between Q105 and its sister station WQYK, Geno got the chance to take over The Q105 Saturday Night Dance Party.
DJ Paul S
When Geno took over the Q105 Saturday Night Dance Party, he scoured the web looking for some good beats to revitalize the show. Every time he searched YouTube for a particular SNDP artist, a DJ Paul S mix kept coming up. Geno reached out and asked if Paul wanted to become “resident DJ” for the show and DJ Paul S has been blowing minds ever since! Paul was a Connecticut DJ back in the mid to late 80’s and early 90’s when Freestyle music was at its peak. He started playing in local bars and then famous night clubs. Enjoy his mixes on the Q105 Saturday Night Dance Party AND on his YouTube Channel! They remind him of how back in the day, life was so simple and fun, hanging out with friends, and enjoying the sounds of Freestyle music! Long live FREESTYLE MUSIC!
A USF student from here in Tampa, Kyle “Producer Coop” Cooper got his start setting up tables and tents at Q105 live events. His hard work, attitude and attention to detail are the key elements to someone who can direct the flow of a radio show and he was named SNDP Producer in August of 2019, even though most of these songs came out before he was born! Coop assists in editing, finding music, and interacts with SNDP listeners on Facebook during the show.
A Q105 icon, Bobby is the show’s music director. Nobody knows the history of party music in Tampa Bay better than Bobby! He reads your feedback about the songs we play and helps keep the Q105 Saturday Night Dance Party the #1 rated party show in the Bay! And of course catch Bobby weekday mornings with Mason Dixon on Q105!
Remember that guy we mentioned that used to send Geno cassettes filled with Tampa radio back in 1990? They lost touch… until 25 years later. While guest hosting the SNDP, he gave a shout out on the air to that friend, thanking him for sending those tapes. A listener who knew the friend heard it and now almost 30 years later, Geno and Clay are buddies again. Clay gives us good feedback on songs that were popular here in the 80s and 90s so we can truly take you back.
Those People Who Yell At The Top of the Hour
At the beginning of every hour, we bring everyone into the studio… DJs, producers, phone screeners, street team members, and anyone else roaming around the building for the big “Q105 Saturday Night Dance Party” chant. The chant is a tribute to a national radio show Geno grew up listening to in the 80s. “Open House Party” was hosted by one of Geno’s radio heroes John Garabedian. In the 90s, a mutual friend introduced Geno to John. OHP was heard all over the world, yet was broadcast live from John’s basement in the suburbs of Boston. Big time celebrities and musicians would hang out in that basement all night talking to listeners on the request line. It was almost like OHP was the original form of social media, connecting music lovers all over the planet. The energy and fun of the show fueled Geno’s love for radio. At the top of the hour on OHP, John gathered everyone around his mic to chant “All Coool, All Request, Open House Party!” Geno modified it for Q105 and you’ll hear it every hour every week as a tribute to John who retired from Open House Party a few years ago.